Keep data of unattached drives in fstab

cat /boot/dietpi/.version
G_LIVE_PATCH_STATUS[0]=‘not applicable’

bullseye 1

uname -a
Linux DietPi4 6.1.21-v8+ #1642 SMP PREEMPT Mon Apr 3 17:24:16 BST 2023 aarch64 GNU/Linux

dpkg --print-architecture

RPi 4 Model B (aarch64)

dmesg|grep -i usb
[ 1.217537] usb 2-1: new SuperSpeed USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd
[ 1.239000] usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=152d, idProduct=0567, bcdDevice= 3.27
[ 1.239033] usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 1.239044] usb 2-1: Product: USB 3.0 Device
[ 1.239053] usb 2-1: Manufacturer: JMicron
[ 1.239061] usb 2-1: SerialNumber: 00000000xxxx
[ 1.241261] usb-storage 2-1:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
[ 1.241586] usb-storage 2-1:1.0: Quirks match for vid 152d pid 0567: 1800000

Hi out there :slight_smile:

I’m using a RPi 4 with a 4 Bay LC-Power docking Station (LC-Dock-U3-4B) and I am quite happy with it.

This setup is mainly used for backup and I swap the drives regularly with other drives that have been attached before. After power up l always use dietpi_drive-manager to (re)attach the drives and mount them to slightly edited path (E.g. \mnt\USB<drive_uid>). For a given drive these mount paths are always the same.

However /etc/fstab always gets cleaned and settings of removed drives are deleted from it.

I’d love to keep unattached drives in /etc/fstab and reuse the settings when reattaching a previously attached drives again. I would then only need to run dietpi_drive-manager for brand new drives.

How can i achieve this?

Thanks for reading, Emil

This is current behaviour of drive manager. There is an idea to change this, but for now you would need to stay away from drive manager if you like to keep data inside /etc/fstab

For reference DietPi-Drive_Manager | Rework to not rewrite /etc/fstab anymore · Issue #6119 · MichaIng/DietPi · GitHub


Thanks for this blazing fast reply


Do you plan to swap drives in and out on the bays?

That’s how he is using it