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Old 04-10-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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hi may i know what is the use of mounting the hard disk? When and why is it appropriate to be used?
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Basically, the harddisk must be mounted in order to use it and access any files or programs on it. There are many sites that explain the Linux file system (UNIX based). Basically, mounting a harddrive (or any kind of device lke a floppy or usb flash stick) is like adding a directory. And in that directory are the files on the harddrive." It's kind of like a filing cabinet in which you can add drawers from behind and then open them up in the front as if they were just a part of the regular file cabinet. Again, I would suggest you search the web if you are really interested and look into things like the UNIX or Linux file system.
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I'd only like to add that you will also be mounting floppies, CDs, DVDs, and other external flash or diskdrives in such a fashion, too.
Old 04-10-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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Simple explanation: it makes the drive or partition accessable to you.
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Now you could mount and unmount your filesystems automatically using autofs. There is an interesting article on how to do this here:

Hope this helps


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