View Full Version : [SOLVED] How do I find the path to an external drive?

March 18th, 2012, 09:41 PM
I'm trying to reset permissions for an external. I've been using the external on a Mac, but now I want to change permissions so I can use it on an Ubuntu machine.

On my Mac, the drive shows up with the name I gave it: VelaNoche

On Ubuntu, it shows up as: 1.0 TB

I'm a little worried that the (Ubuntu designated) drive name is going to cause problems when I list it in a path, due to it having a period in its name.

Is there a way to see, in terminal, the complete path name by doing a search for the drive (using the drive name, I assume)?

Many thanks,

March 18th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Open a terminal and enter

df -h

you should see the name of the drive listed there


open Disk Utility

and rename the drive.

March 18th, 2012, 09:50 PM
I believe the name in the GUI browser is usually that given by the label on a particular partition.

The drive itself should be found in /media. Just do an ls /media and find the one that looks right (or look into all of them)

March 18th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Thank you, winh8r and chipbuster. That looks pretty straightforward. I appreciate the help.