I've got a Centos 7 dedicated server with a SSD + a nvme ssd with 400gb. I followed a tutorial to mount + format (as xfs filesystem) the nvme disk so that I could setup my NoSQL databases on that drive. However every time I reboot my server the disk disappears and the mounted folder is empty again.

What commands I ran to mount the disk:

fdisk -l


Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 400.1 GB, 400088457216 bytes, 781422768 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/sda: 275.1 GB, 275064201216 bytes, 537234768 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk label type: dos Disk identifier: 0x000b09ac

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 2050047 1024000 83 Linux /dev/sda2 2050048 528844799 263397376 83 Linux /dev/sda3 528844800 537233407 4194304 82 Linux swap / Solaris

mkfs.xfs /dev/nvme0n1 -f (-f was required after the first time)
mkdir /database
mount /dev/nvme0n1 /database

Afterwards it lists the drive when I run df -h, but once I restart it also disappears from that list. What am I doing wrong?

2 Answers 2


Try adding this to /etc/fstab:

/dev/nvme0n1 /database xfs defaults 0 0

That should do the trick.

  • Can you explain why that's needed? I don't understand what the command does
    – kentor
    Sep 20, 2017 at 23:00
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    When you mount a device on the command line, it is only persistent for that session, the nature of it is not stored anywhere. By placing the entry in /etc/fstab, this file is read at boot time, and ensures your device(s) are mounted on system start-up. For this reason, be VERY careful when editing this file, don't touch any of the existing content.
    – Soruk
    Sep 20, 2017 at 23:05

Steps to mount a disk permanently.
Doing this will mount your disk during boot time.

  1. Attach your disk manually once.
  2. Goto /proc/mounts and /etc/mtab and look for your mount entry.
  3. Copy the entry that you want to be mounted on boot.
  4. Paste it at the end of /etc/fstab. /etc/fstab Contains entries that are mounted during boot.

You can even manually add your entry in /etc/fstab, but copying it from /proc/mounts or /etc/mtab makes sure that you not make any error or mistake in listing your mount point

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  • However when using systemd everything might be different ("mount units"). Maybe also read about option -a in "man 8 mount".
    – U. Windl
    Sep 1, 2023 at 7:35

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