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Old 04-27-2011, 11:42 AM   #16
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I replied to the email I recieved from this forum expecting it to appear here. It didn't so here is what I said.

Access denied on lost and found is because you need to be root.

You can give the disk a label and it will probably help, there is no reason to not mount the disk under / but why don't you put it under your home/username?

All the bolded text are commands; italics are options to commands the hilighted parts are output from commands.

Open a terminal.

switch to superuser


(then type in the superuser password)

To label a disk:

blkid /dev/sdb1
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="Graphics" UUID="725aa4a2-2b37-4a1c-a928-0dd1c8e61237" TYPE="ext3" SEC_TYPE="ext2" -->this is my second drive

e2label /dev/sdb1 "Second_Drive"

then run blkid /dev/sdb1 again you will see something like the output above.

to mount it somewhere else edit fstab, do all of these things using the superuser account.

nano /etc/fstab

make your edit and don't worry it will be OK.

it should look like this

#<file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
/dev/sdb1 /home/yourname ext3 defaults 0 2

if your /home directory 'username' is NOT yourname use the name of whatever it is called

go ahead and mount the drive if it is not mounted or unmount if it is

umount /dev/sdb1

mount /dev/sdb1 /home/username

chown yourloginname:user /home/username or loginname whichever


Your done.

close the terminal window and you are done.

I don't know what kind of computing you have been doing but I seem to recall that you are moving from Windows to Linux. There are some important differences when it comes to hard disk drives.
With Windows the disks have letters and seem independent. With Linux there is what is known as a 'mount point' and that point is /. Everything else is relative to that point. It doesn't matter what you want to see you 'mount' the hardware on /. If you plug in a cdrom or ram stick they are mounted on that point. This effectively give you one large disk, there really is no difference between the mounted hardware as far as the operating system is concerned. Forget the Windows style of referrring to individual disks, you no longer need to do that because all media are mounted on / so it's all the same. Even if you have access to other machines the media on those machines are mounted on /.

Good luck


From man mount
All files accessible in a Unix system are arranged in one big tree, the
file hierarchy, rooted at /. These files can be spread out over several
devices. The mount command serves to attach the filesystem found
on some device to the big file tree. Conversely, the umount(8) command
will detach it again.


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