mount drive from terminal

How to Mount Drive from Terminal

Sometimes you may need to mount disk from command line or mount disk partition. In this article, we will look at how to mount drive from terminal.

How to Mount Drive from Terminal

Here are the steps to mount drive from terminal.

1. Create Folder

First of all, you need to create a folder where you will mount the drive. For example, let us say, you want to mount /dev/sdb1 to /media/sdb1 then open terminal and create a new directory /media/sdb1

$ sudo mkdir /media/sdb1

2. Mount Drive

Enter the following command to mount drive /dev/sdb1 at /media/sdb1

$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1

3. View Files from Mounted drive

To view files in your drive, just cd to that folder and run ls -l command.

$ cd /media/sdb1
$ ls -l

4. Automatic mount at boot (optional)

Please note the above steps are temporary and last only till you end your terminal session. In order to automatically mount drive at bootup, edit fstab

$ sudo vi /etc/fstab

Add the following line depending on your file system. Replace /dev/sdb1 with your volume, and /media/sdb1 with your mount folder.


/dev/sdb1    /media/sdb1   ext3    defaults     0        2


/dev/sdb1    /media/sdb1   vfat    defaults     0        2

Save and close the file.

That’s it. In this article, we have looked at how to mount drive to folder in terminal.

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