I've tried unmounting / mounting via disks, but it makes no difference.
Does anyone have any idea what's going on here please? My drive has been a bit flaky ever since I installed Zorin; for example, I have to mount it via Disks each time I restart my machine; even though I have selected the option for it to mount at startup:
How did you install qbittorrent? Is it a snap or flatpak? It may be missing the permissions to interact with the hardware of your pc. This is why I perform all my installs from the terminal. You can normally find a how to when searching the web "how to install qbittorrent without snap Ubuntu 20".
It is. Sounds like snap or flatpak (two application systems supposedly making it easier to install and use software) are requiring that the service starts prior to the system being mounted, but this is a problem since the system has to be mounted to start services.
You may want to uninstall qbittorrent and use a terminal based installation without snap or flatpak. This will most likely solve the mounting on boot as well as hard drive access issues.
fstab is short for File Systems TABle.
This file, usually located in the /etc directory, determines what file systems are initiated at boot.
You can open this with GUI or terminal.
sudo nano /etc/fstab
Navigate to "Other locations" > Computer > /etc
Locate the fstab file and right click it and then select open with > text editor
Now that you know how to modify the fstab file, you need to know what to put in it.
In terminal run
Locate the External device listed under the device tag /dev followed by the notation like sd2 or sda3...
Note its UUID. Maybe copy it to an open text file for ease.
Copy that UUID and replace UUID-EXAMPLE in this generic line
There are a lot of things that look way too complicated the first time you see them.
Figuring out your Paystub, paying certain bills... Figuring out Christmas tree lights. Calculating mileage for a road trip. Beating a video game...
Riding a bicycle.
Yet, in life, we must learn early on how to manage our fear and get in and learn how to ride that bike.
Believe in yourself first. Then follow the steps one at a time. It gets less complicated with the more you learn.
I completely agree and aside from Linux, I'm far from novice. I just don't have the time (kids, etc) to spend ages understanding this now. I really wish I'd learned earlier. I'm still struggling with so many things; this, customisation outside of the standard Zorin options, etc. I love Zorin, but I'm losing the will with it now as the simplest of things are completely stunting me.
I felt this way quite heavily when I migrated from Windows to Zorin OS.
That was shortly before Zorin OS 15 was released, so I am a bit of a noob, myself.
What got me out of my funk was a few successes. Now, Linux has opened up a new world for me that I enjoy exploring. And all I did in the beginning was complain...
I mean, baking is almost like learning chemistry. It's easy to mess it up.
Did you know that to leaven bread in the old days, they used ground up deer antler? Now we use baking powder. But, chemically, the principle is much the same. It's an acid.
Sodium bicarbonate mixed with an acid and water produces CO2.
Knowing one simple thing suddenly makes a ton of other stuff easy to understand.
When you know why it works, figuring out how to do it is not a huge learning curve or time consuming chore any more.
In the above; you only need to tell the File System Table (FSTAB) what you want it to do. Is a partition being mounted at start up? IF so, with what permissions?
That's all there is to it.
Every other step in that post is just opening the file and getting there.