Ubuntu will place icons for other partitions on your desktop. Do you like a clean desktop, or just don’t always need access those other partitions? Changing a value in the GNOME Configuration Editor will stop partitions from being displayed on your desktop.
Press Alt-F2 to bring up the
Run Application dialog. Type
In the left pane of the window, browse to
apps->nautilus->desktop. Uncheck the
volumes_visible option and the partitions on your desktop will disappear.
Want to keep shortcuts to some partitions but not others? Follow the other directions, and then and can create your own launchers for the partitions you want.
Right click on the desktop and click
Create Launcher. In the
Type drop down
box, select location. Then you can give the launcher a name and the location you
want to link to. You can find the hard drive icon in
usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/devices/ if you want to use it. The resulting
launcher will act just like the ones that you removed in this post.