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    Question Windows Veteran Trying to Mount Ext USb HDD

    Did a Ubuntu install on a dell inspiron. Have relevent drivers, need help with the mount command process.

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    Re: Windows Veteran Trying to Mount Ext USb HDD

    I have a dell inspiron - I just plug my USB HDD in and it pops up as a little button on the left.

    That probably doesn't help much......
    I'm a PC and Linux is a better idea

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    Re: Windows Veteran Trying to Mount Ext USb HDD

    johnson-stuart2013; Hi ! Welcome to the forum .


    The external usb drive should be auto detected, and shown in the file manager.

    The guts and the gore of attaching file systems,.... well ->
    These will give you a good introduction to mounting, and file systems in the ubuntu world:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=283131
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab
    https://help.ubuntu.comunity/Mount/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mount/USB
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FilePermissions
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/mountlinux

    By all means, kick back, read, and enjoy.

    As you have questions or things you do not understand, by all means, -we are here - ask .

    the longest journey begins
    with this first step
    Last edited by Bashing-om; January 24th, 2014 at 04:59 AM. Reason: added info
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Windows Veteran Trying to Mount Ext USb HDD

    List the filesystems on your computer:
    Code:
    df -m
    which lists the filesystems and tells you how much disk space is used in each one.
    Find the one with the used/available/percentage sizes that looks like your hdd (it's in megabytes; df -k for kilobytes, df --block-size=1G for gigabytes)
    Look in the first column ("Filesystem") for the corresponding row
    It should begin with "/dev" (no quotes)

    Create a folder where you want the files to appear (I prefer "mnt" in my home folder):
    Code:
    $ mkdir mnt
    Mount the drive (the filesystem is the one you found earlier):
    Code:
    $ sudo mount FILESYSTEM mnt
    replace FILESYSTEM with the filesystem file you found earlier with df.
    And you should be all set!
    To remove it safely, type:
    Code:
    $ sudo umount mnt

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    Re: Windows Veteran Trying to Mount Ext USb HDD

    Quote Originally Posted by spencer the great View Post
    ...
    Create a folder where you want the files to appear (I prefer "mnt" in my home folder):
    Code:
    $ mkdir mnt
    Mount the drive (the filesystem is the one you found earlier):
    Code:
    $ sudo mount FILESYSTEM ~/mnt
    replace FILESYSTEM with the filesystem file you found earlier with df.
    And you should be all set!
    To remove it safely, type:
    Code:
    $ sudo umount ~/mnt
    note the ~/ is for your home folder. Cheers

    Edit absolute paths are not necessary, your original post works Perfectly OK - no changes needed. If you are not working in the home folder, as is the default behaviour, the full path can make a difference to the mount command. My post is not really a correction more an addition. Cheers
    Last edited by coldcritter64; January 24th, 2014 at 06:43 AM. Reason: more path info

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