I have a mac drive, HFS+ formatted, plugged into my ubuntu 20.04 machine. On startup, it mounts read-only, and I have to run the following script to get it to mount as a read-write drive.

sudo umount /media/media/4tb1
sudo mount /dev/sdb2 /media/media/4tb
sudo mount -t hfsplus -o remount,force,rw /media/media/4tb

Can I get it to mount as read-write on boot? This is the info about the partition in Disks: enter image description here enter image description here Thanks!!

  • Do you need to turn off journaling in the HFS - see superuser.com/questions/84446/…?
    – Mr R
    Mar 16, 2021 at 10:23
  • @MrR I am able to mount the drive as read-write with that script since I have installed hfsprogs. It doesn't seem like the drive configuration is the problem.
    – Robert Kee
    Mar 16, 2021 at 15:04
  • The fstab entry you show doesn't seem to be the correct one - that's your root disk (see it's ext4)?
    – Mr R
    Mar 16, 2021 at 20:09
  • Oh, good catch, I've updated the q with the info from disks.
    – Robert Kee
    Mar 17, 2021 at 19:05
  • Is it as simple as adding ,rw on the line with nosuid,nodev,nofail and checking the mount at system startup option?
    – Mr R
    Mar 17, 2021 at 19:22

1 Answer 1


The needed changes were:

  1. checking the "Mount at system startup" box
  2. adding "force, rw" to the options (4th) line
  3. changing the mount point to the destination point of the initial script

The final fstab line is:

/dev/disk/by-id/usb-Seagate_Expansion+_Desk_NA8B0LGL-0:0-part2 /media/media/4tb auto nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show,force,rw 0 0

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