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Old 12-02-2009, 06:01 AM   #1
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external drive

how mount external drive in linux?
Old 12-02-2009, 12:51 PM   #2
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Which distro are you using?
When you connect some disto's will automatically mount it.
Otherwise open a terminal and give the command
mount /mnt/sdx
Note: /mnt/sdx should be replaced with your drive's mount location.
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To determine drive's mount location, use the dmesg command as root. dmesg outputs a lot of information; you may have to hunt through it to find what you need.

Here's the portion of dmesg regarding my external USB drive. It tells me that the system sees the drive as drive sdb. My Ubuntu auto-mounts it, but, if I were going to mount it manually, I could type mount /dev/sdb.

Putting it my fstab is a litte more involved, but Google will turn up a lot of help for that.

[    8.228736] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access     WD       2500BEV External 1.05 PQ: 0 ANSI: 4
[    8.229085] sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[    8.229719] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] 488397168 512-byte logical blocks: (250 GB/232 GiB)
[    8.230424] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Generic- Multi-Card       1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
[    8.230729] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
[    8.230753] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[    8.230755] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 21 00 00 00
[    8.230757] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    8.232216] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    8.232220]  sdb:
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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You might run
fdisk -l
to see all the available drives and their partitions. Then read up on the mount command with
man mount
Then you'll be able to figure it all out for yourself and remember it forever. Check out the "-o" switch in the mount command, it controls -- among other things -- whether you can write to the partition once it is mounted. Have fun.


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