Ubuntu – Howto auto-mount windows-partitions using /etc/fstab


Hello what do I have to write in the file "/etc/fstab" to get my windows-partition (/dev/sda3) automatically mounted on startup ?

I get this error-message (clicking on the bookmark for the partition in nautilus):

    Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
  Unprivileged user can not mount NTFS block devices using the external FUSE
library. Either mount the volume as root, or rebuild NTFS-3G with integrated
FUSE support and make it setuid root. Please see more information at

My fstab looks like this:

> # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
/dev/sdb6       /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
/dev/sda3   /media/Jonas    ntfs    rw,auto,users,nls=utf8,umask=007,gid=46  0  0

# swap was on /dev/sdb7 during installation
UUID=9dcdfad2-4e66-416e-bf68-142afe23fa0b none            swap    sw              0       0

I created the folder /media/Jonas and the partition is /dev/sda3.
What did I wrong ?

Solution: After rebooting, it worked well. Strange.

Best Answer

Assume you are sure about: - Your created directory is /media/Jonas (with uppercase J) - Your ntfs partition is /dev/sda3 (you can find this out by issuing sudo blkid)

My fstab uses a simpler form:

/dev/sda3   /media/windows  ntfs    defaults    0   0

You may change your "rw,auto, ...." to "defaults"