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Hi :)
It's fairly unlikely that you would accidentally save or use things from a "Windows drive" (really 
an Ntfs partition on a drive but Windows calls partitions "drives" in order to dumb things down so 
that even all us stupid users can understand.  They aren't being patronising at all.  It's just 
that they are superior.  So, a drive that has multiple partitions starts being really confusing)  

If your Windows partitions are not mounted as 
or anything like that then to access the drive would take deliberate effort.  You would probably 
notice.  Also the folder structure is radically different on Windows.  Everything is "My Documents" 
or "Tim's Documents" and folders such as  "My Pictures" are inside "My Documents" (or Tim's or 
whoever) adding an extra unnecessary layer in the folder structure.  In Gnu&Linux the structure 
tends to be less hierarchical.  

Mounting an Ntfs partition is usually fairly easy.  Just click on the "Places" menu or open any 
folder.  Usually there is a pane down the left-hand-side showing Places (including all your 
bookmarked folders) rather than the folder-tree.  Windows tends to show something similar now but 
their one is less useful so people tend to ignore it or remove it.  Partitions tend to appear in 
there.  It helps if those partitions have labels such as "Windows drive" otherwise it says things 
like "1.56843 Tb File-system" or something equally meaningless.  

However, i think i agree with mounting it at boot-up.  DEFINITELY back-up or just create a copy of 
fstab BEFORE editing it and make sure you can use a LiveCd if things go wrong.  Fstab is an 
unusually pedantic file and freaks out a bit too easily sometimes in which case you'll want to copy 
the back-up over the top of your edited one.  It is a text-file so it's reasonably easy to edit.  
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: CVAlkan <>
Sent: Thursday, 27 September 2012, 13:44
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Opening Files in Writer

Hi Keith:

As I understand things, it is, in fact, possible to see a listing of the
files on an unmounted drive - it just isn't possible to open them.

What is *supposed* to happen is that Writer will automatically mount the
drive when you elect to open a file on that drive (assuming the drive is not
already mounted of course) - this is the behavior of the other LibreOffice
Apps (such as Calc, for instance) and can easily be demonstrated.

It turns out that the behavior I was describing was, in fact, a bug, as you
can see from the responses posted by the developer earlier in this thread.

Windows, of course, does mount everything it can find at boot. My objection
was not so much that the drives got mounted, but in the way the drives
mounted in that way were presented in Nautilus (like second class citizens,
but placed more prominently than the Ubuntu drives with unmount buttons and
so forth).

After far more searching on the web than I would have expected, I've
subsequently discovered how to accomplish this to my satisfaction, however,
and I now have MOST of the drives auto-mount when Ubuntu starts up.  The one
exception is the Windows root drive, since I wish to preclude the
possibility of accidentally using that drive while in Ubuntu. When you think
about it, that's also how Windows works (it doesn't see or recognize the
Ubuntu root drive because it doesn't know about ext-type formats).

But thanks for thinking of me - the idea that someone could bring up a
problem in Illinois to a group of users in Australia is something that
probably wouldn't happen in the Windows world.

... and, of course, G'Day to you and your mates as well.

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