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6.14. Mounting of Fixed Disks in Gnome and KDE

As part of the changes to the mounting infrastructure, the desktop's automatic mountable devices detection now includes policy definitions that ignore all fixed disk devices from. This was done to increase security on multi-user systems. People on multi-user systems who want to make changes to disk mounting that could impact the multi-user environment are advised to understand the implications of the default HAL policy decisions and to review the HAL policy files in /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/.
If you are on a single-user system and would like to recover the functionality to mount fixed disk items such as IDE partitions from the desktop, you can modify the default HAL policy. To enable deskop mounting for all fixed disks:
su -c 'mv /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/99-redhat-storage-policy-\
fixed-drives.fdi  /root/'
su -c '/sbin/service haldaemon restart'

If you need more fine-grained control and only want to expose certain fixed disks for desktop mounting, read over how to create additional HAL policy to selectively ignore/allow fixed disk devices.