How to Mount USB Drivers in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

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Auto mounting


By default, storage devices that are plugged into the system mount automatically in the /media directory, open a file browser window for each volume and place an icon on your desktop. If you plug in a usb hard disk with many partitions, all of the partitions will automatically mount. This behaviour may not be what you want so you can configure it as shown below.

If the volumes have labels the icons will be named accordingly, otherwise they will be named "disk" and as more volumes are added, you can get "disk-1" and so on.

Configuring Auto mounting

To enable or disable automount open a terminal and type gconf-editor followed by the [Enter] key.

Browse to /apps/nautilus/preferences/media_automount.

The media_automount key controls whether to automatically mount media. If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically mount media such as user-visible hard disks and removable media on start-up and media insertion.

There is another key /apps/nautilus/preferences/media_automount_open. This controls whether to automatically open a folder for automounted media. This key can also be set in the Nautilus (file manager) window. From the Edit menu in Nautilus select Preferences and then select the Media tab.

If set to true, then Nautilus will automatically open a folder when media is automounted. This only applies to media where no known x-content/* type was detected; for media where a known x-content type is detected, the user configurable action will be taken instead.

or go this way

First you have Go to: System --> Administration --> Synaptic Package Manager

and search there for “ ndiswrapper-utils, ndiswrapper-common and ndisgtk

and Install that. Now you will put you USB card reader with memory card it will open

Do same thing and enjoy now

Other Useful Commands

To see a list of your USB Devices (the vendor and device ID's), run


to see all attached storage devices and their partitions, urn

sudo fdisk -l

to see information about currently mounted systems, simply run


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3 Responses

  1. Chris Frost says:

    Thanks for this post. I find Ubuntu’s default management of usb devices to be one of it’s primary obstacles for mainstream adoption, since most users just want it to, “work the first time.”

  2. Gav says:

    to see all attached storage devices and their partitions, urn

    Typo, last word should be run ?

  3. Cory says:

    Thanks a lot for this write up. You saved me a lot of frustration!

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