If you have an extra hard disk whose filesystem is not compatible with that of Ubuntu, then it will not mount automatically at system startup. It will be arduous using software to manually mount hard disks under Ubuntu and a good solution is to mount them automatically at startup using the instructions given below.

Getting Started

1. Open the terminal and crate a folder for your hard disk under the /media location with the following command:

sudo mkdir /media/myfolder

Rename myfolder to whatever you want.

2. You have to know now the name of the target hard drive (/dev/sda2, /dev/sda3, etc.). You can use GParted or simply run one of these commands from the terminal:

sudo fdisk -l


df -h

3. Edit now the /etc/fstab file with this command:

sudo gedit /etc/fstab

At the end of the file, add this line:

/dev/sda3 /media/myfolder ntfs auto,rw,exec,users,dmask=000,fmask=111,nls=utf8 0 0

Replace /dev/sda3 with your own HDD name and replace also myfolder with the one already created.

Press Ctrl+Q and save your file.

4. Run now this command to verify if the hard drive is well mounted:

sudo mount -a

That's it!

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