Mount a firewire drive at boot on OS X

June 28th, 2006 | Tags:

I run OS X on my desktop (settle down now, more on this later).

The default behavior of OS X does not mount external drives at boot time. This is very frustrating. The following command will configure your mac to mount all connected disks at startup (not just upon a user logging in).

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount AutomountDisksWithoutUserLogin -bool true

Reboot and you’ll find all your disks already mounted if you ssh in remotely (even without having logged in via the GUI).

If you want to reverse this setting just change “true” to “false” at the end of the line.

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