After installing your linux distro, though you’ll be able to access your Windows/NTFS partitions easily, things can get annoying sometimes with you having to mount the partition manually everytime. Here I describe how to get away with this mess by automatically mounting partitions on boot.

You could also do the same from Unity using the Disks utility, but here I describe the so called hard way. The way we do it is by editing the /etc/fstab file. This file gets executed everytime you boot up your system. We just instruct this file to also mount our desired partitions apart from what it normally does.

### Get the UUID

Before modifying fstab, we need the UUID of the partition which acts as a unique identifier for the partition to be mounted. To show a list of available partitions and their UUID, use

$sudo blkid -o list  and you’ll get an output similar to this: device fs_type label mount point UUID ------------------------------------------------------------------ /dev/sda1 ntfs WINRE (not mounted) ACEAEE02EAEDC8A2 /dev/sda2 vfat /boot/efi 6E82-B10E /dev/sda4 ntfs Windows (not mounted) 00A8EFDAA8EFCBEA /dev/sda6 ntfs Downloads /media/downloads 5CFA5B52FA5B2792 /dev/sda10 ntfs Documents /media/documents 86585E63585E5253 /dev/sda11 ntfs RECOVERY (not mounted) 3E60EB0960EAC6AD  This should help you in deciding which partition to mount. If you’re still confused, you may use fdisk -l instead. This should give you the type of the partition listed as well so that you don’t accidentally damage an important partition. ### Modify fstab Once you get the UUID, you can now modify the fstab file as a root user and add an entry similar to the following at the end, ensuring that you change the UUID accordingly. $ sudo nano /etc/fstab

<UUID>                  <mount point>           <type>  <options>   <dump>  <pass>


\$ sudo mount -a