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Old 02-13-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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Way to make autofs mount to specific USB flash drive to specific folder?

Is there a way to configure autofs to auto mount a specific USB drive (via a unique identifier) to a specific folder?

For example, perhaps I have three flash drives and I want Linux to recognize each is different. If flash drive "A" is plugged in, I want it mounted in folder "A". If flash drive "B" is plugged in, I want it mounted in folder "B".

Is this do-able?
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You can label the partitions on the flash drives with identifying labels if you have the right partitioning tools. For example, I have two flash drives each having one partition. Using Acronis Disk Director, I was able to give each partition a unique label, one "Backup" and the other "Data". Every time I insert the "Backup" flash drive, it mounts on /media/Backup and when I insert the "Data" flash drive it mounts on /media/Data. In general, once you label a partition on and external usb mass storage device, that partition will always be mounted on /media/<partition label>.

I know Partition Magic is capable of labeling FAT32 partitions as well. For ext2 and ext3 partitions, you can label them within linux using the e2label command:

# e2label <device file> <label name>

But I'm not familiar with any native linux tools that allow you to label FAT32 which is the way most flash drives come formatted. I think there may be a way of doing this using mtools but I'm not really up on that.
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GParted is what you're after

bring this thread back to life with an answer to help the next guy .

gparted can label vfat (fat32) partitions in linux


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