Why are other partitions loaded?

Wondering why two of my other partitions ( sda4 & sda6) automatically are loaded ?
sda4 was my separate partition for older /home/
as storage for back-ups.
sda6 is my / for “Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS”

paulparker@7400K-hxi52:~> df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs 4.0M 4.0K 4.0M 1% /dev
tmpfs 7.3G 4.0K 7.3G 1% /dev/shm
tmpfs 3.0G 9.8M 3.0G 1% /run
tmpfs 4.0M 0 4.0M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/sda2 125G 105G 14G 89% /
tmpfs 1.5G 104K 1.5G 1% /run/user/1000
/dev/sda6 117G 13G 99G 12% /run/media/paulparker/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx79c0b6c
/dev/sda4 125G 96G 23G 81% /run/media/paulparker/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx18eee8d

Other info

paulparker@7400K-hxi52:~> sudo efibootmgr -v
EFI variables are not supported on this system.
paulparker@7400K-hxi52:~> sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 931.51 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Disk model: WDC WD10EZEX-00M
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx182F19ED

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sda1 2048 67110911 67108864 32G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda2 67110912 335546367 268435456 128G Linux root (x86-64)
/dev/sda3 603981824 603983871 2048 1M BIOS boot
/dev/sda4 335546368 603981823 268435456 128G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda5 603983872 605034495 1050624 513M EFI System
/dev/sda6 605034496 855433215 250398720 119.4G Linux root (x86-64)
/dev/sda9 855433216 1953525134 1098091919 523.6G Linux filesystem

Partition table entries are not in disk order.
paulparker@7400K-hxi52:~> sudo gdisk /dev/sda
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 1.0.8

Partition table scan:
MBR: protective
BSD: not present
APM: not present
GPT: present

Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT.

Command (? for help): q


Those are probably mounted by your desktop software.

What desktop environment are you using?

Am mosty using openSUSE Leap 15.5

Occasionally Ubuntu.


Have cautiously copied using Yast to view Boot Loader Settings

Boot Loader Settings 
    Boot Loader = Grub2 

Boot Code Location 
   [] Write to Partition (/dev/sda2) 
   [Y] Write to Master Boot Record   (/dev/sda2) 
   [] Custom Boot Partition 

  [Y] Set Active Flag in Partition Table for Boot Partition 
   [] Write generic Boot Code to MBR 

Protective MBR Flag 
[do not change] 
[Edit Disk Boot Order] 


When I asked about “desktop environment”, I was asking whether you are using KDE or Gnome or XFCE or whatever. They behave differently for user mounting of partitions.

I’m not suggesting that your boot loader settings are relevant to the issue.

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am long term GNOME user 41.8


Looked at another desktop with a similar setup, which is also used.

Main difference is the other machine shows EFI for both openSUSE and Ubuntu, while this machine on openSUSE does not show EFI.

Will reboot then log into this machines’ Ubuntu to see IF it shows EFI.


The mounted filesystems have nothing to do with grub or your bootloader.

They were probably picked up and added to /etc/fstab. You can look there, and if they’re there and you don’t want them mounted, comment out the lines (or delete them; I’d recommend commenting them out in case you want to add them back in later for some reason) and then reboot.

Multibooters commonly wish for access to everything regardless which OS is currently booted. Various setup tools make various assumptions about whether a user actually has that attitude, and may or may not agree on whether, or where, to mount a filesystem not required by the booted OS. If you wish something specific with particular filesystems, you can exercise your administrative power by configuring them in /etc/fstab or using udev. Otherwise just let the setup tools do what they please. :smiley:

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Nice to hear. I never use Gnome.

Presuming a default configuration of the system you are talking about mounts at /run/media/ are typically governed by the device notifier:

erlangen:~ # zypper if gnome-disk-utility
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

Information for package gnome-disk-utility:
Repository     : Haupt-Repository (OSS)
Name           : gnome-disk-utility
Version        : 45.0-1.2
Arch           : x86_64
Vendor         : openSUSE
Installed Size : 814.4 KiB
Installed      : No
Status         : not installed
Source package : gnome-disk-utility-45.0-1.2.src
Upstream URL   : https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Disks
Summary        : Disks application for dealing with storage devices
Description    : 
    The gnome-disk-utility project provides the Disks application for
    dealing with storage devices.

erlangen:~ # 

Read the fine documentation.

Thanks :- )

Self unsure what was happening, when extra partititons automatically appearing on main FILES list

Usually they were NOT loaded, though were shown in FILES “Other Locations”

Liked that, so when as clear , until another partiiton mounted when it appeared on main FILES list so knew it is mounted.

When I un-mount I do use e2fsck /dev/sda? for which-ever partition it was.