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Edit the fstab from /etc/fstab, where it should be something like
dev/hdXN vfat defaults 0 0
, (where X could be a,b,c,etc and N=1,2,3,4,5,6, etc) depends on partition and hard-drive (although being win_d most probably it is hda5 or hda6), X and N points to the partition and the hard-disk.
you should modify it this way:
the umask=7000 makes all files in the partition writable, readable and executable for all users/groups.
After reboot there should appear a nice icon of a hard drive on the desktop, and not on your user account only (as it would linking it), but for every user.
(Actually depends on what linux distribution and version you have, but most do this).
Ok cool. Kinda a multiple learning experience for me there. I didn't know different wm's vary in how these things are done. I thought a wm is just basically the amount of configurational ability you have and everything else was global, on a lower level like the kernel. Whereas, the same commands are used. Or did I take what you said out of context?
"You don't specify whether you're using GNOME or KDE..." ??
Anyways, thanx for the quick responses guys, I'm gonna mess around with what you had suggest just to see how it works. And be happy and lazy with my new founded shortcut.
Well I did the ln command idea first. It worked but it creates another directory called win_d within the win_d on my dsektop and within THAT directory are the contents of the partition. How would I remove the useless directory so that the contents of the partition are directly placed within the directory on the desktop?>
well the way i do is just create a shortcut like you would any other shortcut, simple as that
i know in gnome which i use, it is as easy as right clicking the desktop select new launcher and specify /mnt/win_d and make it type "link" in the drop down list....
in kde when you right click the desktop it says something like link to application rather than new launcher...
"/dev/hda5 /mnt/win_d vfat user, rw, exec, uid=500 0 0"
What's wrong is that vfat doesn't have uid, you have to use umask=XXXX, where XXXX are the bits you don't want to be enabled (it kinda is the !XXXX (not XXXX) in C++) so if you want 500 you probably would write emm... 5 = 101 => 010 = 2 => umask=277) anyway as far as I can remember without looking to some documentation umask has 4 digits that's why i put umask=7000 (write/execute/read) for every user. Secondly you should check the spaces between the comma separated arguments (user,rw,exec,umask=7000)
just try instead
"/dev/hda5 /mnt/win_d vfat user,rw,exec,suid,umask=7000 0 0"
and see what happens, than experiment with the 7000 thing.