I installed pysdm using Synaptic package manager, after reading above forums. After installing it, it appears as > System > Administration > Storage device manager
confusion: is it called “pysdm” or “storage device manager”?
Decided to make folders for the NTFS and the FAT partitions in /media:
sudo mkdir ntfs_windows
sudo mkdir fat_files
Then ran pysdm and chose those folders as mountpoints. Tried it more than once, had to use the “assistant” to mount and make accessible the NTFS partition. Partial success: both partitions are found, NTFS is read only, FAT is read/write.
Looked for info on how to get NTFS write access. Installed ntfs-3g using Synaptic.
Then followed the instructions on that page…
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
gksudo gedit /etc/fstab
…in the fstab file changed the line for the ntfs partition to:
/dev/sda2 /media/ntfs_windows ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_GB.utf8 0 0
…rebooted computer and had full read/write access to the NTFS partition!! 🙂 (I needed this to repair a badly damaged windows installation on that partition)
Note: to see what partitions there are: sudo fdisk -l
To make FAT partition writeable, changed line in fstab to:
/dev/sda3 /media/fat_files vfat iocharset=utf8,umask=000 0 0
Plugged in external USB hard drive (Trekstor/FAT): works perfectly. 🙂