Tiger & diskarbitrationd: Automount volumes?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Is there a way to get local or network volumes to mount when OS X starts up (i.e.; boot time) rather than the default setting of not mounting volumes until a "real" user logs into the locally to the Mac via console?

I have a iSCSI SAN volume that needs to mount at startup and not wait for a local user to login before the volume is available and mounted.

I found this thread, but doesn't seem to apply to Tiger necessarily:


The manpage refers to /etc/fstab, but I thought fstab was deprectaed and replaced by diskarbitrationd:


I asked the engineers at ATTO (who makes my iSCSI iniatior) and they don't even know either. LOL


  • Reply 1 of 2
    costiquecostique Posts: 1,084member
    Disclaimer: I don't have a Mac in front of me to try it myself. Look here:


    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/autodiskmount AutomountDisksWithoutUserLogin -bool true

    Alternatively, you might as well try making a StartupItem, but I guess you have to know the device number or something. Please, let us know if you find the solution.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    I think Coctail has option to make disks mount without login
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