How to mount the hard drive?

Posted on 2007-10-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-20

I don't want to format them I just want to mount them?

How do we mount hard drives ?

Please provide detail instructions

Question by:CalmSoul
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    man mount
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    what is man mount?
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    it is what you type to get detail instructions
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    What distribution of linux are you using?  The newer distributions do it largely automatically, the old ones require the 'mount' command.   Despite the short, to the point, and mostly useless comment by ozo, we would need more information.

    Here's what will help:  

    Distribution of Linux:  Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Mandriva, RedHat, Slackware, Knoppix, Linspire, SuSE, etc
    Type of hard drive.   Internal, external, flash memory stick?  
    How are you trying to connect this - is it plugged into the computer?  
    Also,  is this the hard drive on which the operating system is installed? (If so, it's already mounted for you).


    In KDE under Knoppix or Kubuntu, when a drive is connected, it normally shows up on the desktop as an unmounted icon.  If you double click on it, it opens Konqueror (file browser) to the root of the drive in question.

    More information, please?
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    You first have to tell us what filesystems the drive is currently formatted in. Then you need to know what device it is connected to (IDE interface, channel 1 or 2, master or slave, SATA and which port, SCSI and which SCSI ID, USB or Firewire etc...).
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    Dmesg | more, will allow you to view what was seen by the OS as the system booted. Page through the output and look for the entries regarding hard disks. Look for the section that begins with probing IDE interface and you should see something to the effect of hde: WDC WD2008 (just an example). hde is the device, so /dev/hde1 would be hard disk 1. You will need to know what the file system is like rindi has stated, because this will be used in the mount command. Something like:

    mount -t ntfs /dev/hbe1 /myhardisk

    would mount /dev/hbe1 unber the directory of /myhardisk.

    Hope this helps, you should look at the mount man page. Typing "man mount" will provide the syntax and command syntax for mount.
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    options and command syntax... sorry

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