[How To]Configure automount of disk partitions using GUI

If you are dualbooting Windows and Linux or if you have multiple disk partitions on your PC or laptop, you would generally like them to automount when your favourite Linux OS boots up. In all cases, you need to add entries to the /etc/fstab to make the automount work. For that, usually, you would need to open the terminal and start editing the file via nano or vi.
There is an application which does this work in a very easy way. Gnome Disks, which comes preinstalled in almost all Gnome 3 based Linux distributions including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, is a nifty little application which makes auto mounting of your partitions very very easy.
As you can see from the screenshot below, the 500 GB hard drive has multiple partitions. Now, I want the Windows 8 partition to auto mount.


So, I select the Windows 8 partition, go to the “Edit Mount Options” from the drop down menu.


Then, turn off “Automatic Mount Options” and give a “Display Name”. In this case it’s Windows8. Set the “IdentifyAs” option ( it will be auto detected , but you can choose to have a simpler mount point name). Click OK and reboot your system.

As you can see below, after reboot, the Windows8 drive is automounted and visible in Nautilus file manager.


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