[Techtalk] fstab options for removable USB disk drive
Deborah Gronke Bennett
deborah at deborah.best.vwh.net
Fri Jul 11 21:17:50 UTC 2008
I'm running Ubuntu 7.04 (yes I know it's a little old). I have added a
USB disk drive to my system. I wanted the disk to mount in a different
location than the USB automounting, so I created an fstab entry for the
/dev/sdb1 /media/usbmedia ext3 defaults 0 2
Occasionally I take this laptop elsewhere, and I want to leave the USB
drive at home. When I boot the machine, it halts with an error when
/dev/sdb1 is not found. I have to bypass the maintenance shell with
ctl-D to get the system to boot up all the way.
What I would like is some options on the fstab line so that the system
will attempt to mount /dev/sdb1, but will continue if the device is not
So far, I have tried this with no success:
/dev/sdb1 /media/usbmedia ext3
defaults,noauto,user,errors=continue 0 2
I thought noauto would keep the filesystem from being mounted at boot
time, and errors=continue would allow the system to continue to boot
even if there were mount errors. But every time I boot without the USB
drive connected, it stops in the maintenance shell.
Thanks for any tips!
More information about the Techtalk