Mounting NTFS external drives in Ubuntu Linux for Plex Media Server

Users of Plex Media Server on Ubuntu Linux may have problems accessing external drives. Plex only sees local volumes mounted for the user. This can be a problem if you store your media on an external NTFS drive, commonly used by Windows and other hardware media players connected to your television.

The problem has been addressed in a technical article on the Plex web site but portions of the article are out-of-date. The following steps in Terminal will automatically mount the NTFS drive so that it is available to Plex for reading.

Fstab will be modified to allow for the automatic mounting of the NTFS drive.

  1. In Terminal:
    sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

    This is a dependency for the following steps.

  2. In Terminal:
    sudo blkid | grep ntfs

    Record the UUID of the drive containing media. You will need this later.

  3. In Terminal:
    sudo mkdir /media/plexmedia

    This creates a directory where Plex will access the media. Now we will open fstab to associate the drive's UUID to this new directory.

  4. In Terminal:
    gksu gedit /etc/fstab
  5. Using your own 16 character UUID value recorded in the previous steps, add this line to the end.
    UUID=4CB354AD2398F657 /media/plexmedia ntfs-3g permissions,auto 0 0
  6. Save the file and reboot your system.

Your media drive should now be visible to Plex.