Auto Mount Windows NTFS Partitions in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

Want to automatically mount Windows NTFS partitions in Ubuntu? Well, this brief tutorial is going to show you how. Now Ubuntu comes with support for NTFS partitions right out of the box. No need to install third party tools to make this work as you would previously. It can be partitions on internal / external IDE, SCSI drives, or thumb USB drives. Wherever the partition lives, you should be able to auto mount it in Ubuntu. This will allow you access to data on the drive from Ubuntu without re-partitioning it.


  • Automatically Mount Windows NTFS Partitions in Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When terminal opens, run the commands below to view all partitions on your system. At this point, the drive should already be attached to your Ubuntu machine.

sudo blkid




Next, take note of the highlighted line shown. Here you’ll be able to see the device id (UUID) and the file system types. Record the device ID as we’re going to be using it.




Next, run the commands below to open the fstab file.




Then add the line show below at the bottom of the file and save it.

UUID=xxxxxxxxxxx /mnt/Windows ntfs users,defaults 0 0 




After that, run the commands below to create the mount point you specified in the fstab file.

sudo mkdir /mnt/Windows




Next, make yourself owner of the mount point by running the commands below

sudo chown <username> /mnt/Windows



Replace <username> with your username.


Restart your computer and go to /mnt/Windows to access the data.





16 thoughts on “Auto Mount Windows NTFS Partitions in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)”

    1. You CAN NOT install ntfs partitions and any other in /dev directory!!!
      /dev directory lists devices available to system, and /mnt or /media dirs are foreseen for mounting other sources of data (i.e. Windows, etc.)

  1. tried this, unfortunately didn’t work, now have “error occured while mounting /etc/fstab” message on boot-up
    any ideas?

  2. Thanks! I’ve been searching the net for a few days and thanks to you I got my Drobo working using eSATA!

    Thanks again!

  3. I am using ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I am not been able to access Windows NTFS partition from root user, but I can access those partition from normal user (standard ubuntu user). What configuration changes are required?

    Thanks and Regards.


  4. I tried to follow these instructions, but when it came to type the sudo gedit part, the terminal window hung up. Now what?

  5. Thanks for the nice tutorial. It worked perfectly on 12.04LTE on my Vista (DELL XPS M1330) but i am not able to get it to work on my Windows 7.

    I get the message “An error occurred while mounting mnt/Windows. Press S to skip or M for manual fix”

    Any suggestions? I followed the tutorial exactly (and it is working on my other laptop). Thanks.

  6. Did that and now i can`t access my server via ssh at all?? my only option is now reinstall the hole system because it don`t show picture at all on screen because the resolution of terminal is out of range. my only connection was ssh..

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