On MacOS X I can access other drives under "/Volumes". Where do I have to go for the same under Ubuntu 9.04?

  • What kind of File System your drives want to access? Jun 30, 2009 at 15:18

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I believe that Ubuntu places volumes for extra drives under /media/ and not /mnt/ like other linux distributions.

You can type mount from the command line to find out where everything is mounted.


Mostly under /mnt, (edit: might be /media on Ubuntu as Moshen says) although they could be mounted anywhere in the file system.

As an aside (for those mostly familiar with MS operating systems) Unix doesn't have the concept of a drive in the way that you would see C: or D: on Windows. The system has a single root, which normally has the root filesystem mounted on it. Other file systems can be mounted over directories within the file system, e.g. /usr or /home.

Traditionally removable devices such as CD-ROMs or USB drives are mounted on points that live under /mnt but there is no reason other than convention for this.

Look up the man pages for mount and makeXXfs for various file system types for more detail.

  • I have one computer where I set up several mounts under /share Jun 30, 2009 at 19:02

Assuming they are mounted, they can be found under /mnt, if not, you would have to first mount the device.

If it is a hard disk or a cd-rom drive, you have to figure out which device it is, and then mount it. You could mount it anywhere you want.

For example:

mkdir /storage
mount /dev/sdb1 /storage

It's worth noting that in addition to /mnt/, where storage volumes sometimes are manually mounted, hal (the hardware abstraction layer daemon) will mount things like usb drives, memory cards and cd/dvd-roms under /media/.


If the volume isn't mounted typing "sudo fdisk -l" in a terminal will list all the drives and partitions that are connected to the system. Typing "mount" with no options will show you what partitions are mounted where along with some other information.

To mount an drive that's not automatically mounted you can go to "Places-->Removable Media" or "Places-->Computer" at the top and when you select an unmounted partition it should mount it for you. If that doesn't work you can type "sudo mount /dev/ /" As long as the partition is labeled properly that should work. Otherwise you may need to supply the -t option with the file system that's on the partition. Check the mount man page for more options and examples.


A missing point here is what to do if it doesnt automount.

If you are just plugging in a drive (ie usb or firewire), then check dmesg and see which device it showed up as, and which partitions are available. You may have to manually mount it (ie mount /dev/sd[a-z][1-?] /path/to/mount/ ).

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