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Keeping Drives Mounted in OS X Client

Luis Giraldoby Luis Giraldo @ Fully Managed™
Posted 5 years ago

Many times, it's nice to be able to re-purpose old machines for specific functions. One such function, in my case, is a CrashPlan Storage Server (with the new PROe). However, if that machine came with Mac OS X (not server), then external drives are unmounted by default upon user logout.

Below is a little trick that tells the OS to keep drives mounted in OS X client while logged out.

Create (touch) the following file:

sudo touch /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount.plist

Edit the file, and add the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>AutomountDisksWithoutUserLogin</key>
<true/>
</dict>
</plist>

Save the file, and restart - now your external drives will mount automatically without having to log in.

Enjoy!


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