I have a Dell Latitude 2100 netbook running Ubuntu 10.04 which I use primarily as a download machine as it only consumes 7 - 8 watts as compared to 160+ watts for my quad core desktop
The netbook has only a FAST SSD drive but it is only 16 GB. I added a 16 GB SD card which permanently resides in the slot provided. This provides additional storage capacity.
I can access the netbook by ssh and VNC over my LAN to retrieve files or to start downloads. However, the SD card does not appear to mount until I login to the machine.
My question is... can the machine be configured to mount the SD card before login?
With the SD card mounted I find the following in /etc/mtab
/dev/sdb1 /media/SD16 vfat rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=1000,gid=1000,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,flush 0 0
I added an entry to /etc/fstab
/dev/sdb1 /media/SD16 vfat rw,nosuid,nodev 0 0
and rebooted. I see /dev/sdb in /etc/mtab and can see the contents of the SD card over ssh. However, I cannot write to the card. If I comment out the reference in /ect/fstab, reboot and login I can again write to the card. I am probably missing something simple.