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Accessing further (Windows) Partitions with Portable Ubuntu


If you’ve followed my blog on how to install Portable Ubuntu to your USB Stick, you might have noticed people asking “how do I access my other Windows partitions by default” or “How do I access partition X?”.

I’ve already answered this question in a reply to a post, but I will describe it here in detail.

Let us assume you have two partitions on your Windows machine: “C:” and “E:”. And you want to have access to both partitions once plugging in your Portable Ubuntu USB Stick.

  1. Add your changes to config\portable_ubuntu.conf by adding a line
  2. Add your changes to the /etc/fstab file by adding a line which almost duplicates the line containing cofs1:
    cofs2 /mnt/E cofs user,dmask=0777,fmask=0666 0 0

The order in which you do 1. and 2. does not matter: you have to restart your Portable Ubuntu again for it to work.

  1. budi
    2009/11/02 at 04:39

    Hi Draptik

    I’m using Uno and cannot the file /etc/fstab to make the neccessary adjustment…?

  2. budi
    2009/11/02 at 04:40

    sorry “find” 🙂

  3. draptik
    2009/11/07 at 18:57

    Sorry for the late reply.

    I’m not familiar with uno. Could you maybe past a link?

    Not sure if this helps, but: The file /etc/fstab is on your Portable Ubuntu filesystem, not on the host system.

    Hope that helps,


  4. 2009/12/14 at 16:44


    I have a question, Pubuntu can connect using a 3G USB Modem? If can, how to set configuration.



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