Linux Tutorial Series

Linux Tutorial Series – 145 – Mounting a device

Here is the video version, if you prefer it:

In today’s Linux distributions, mounting is usually done automatically. I never had to mount anything manually on my personal computer. However, sometimes you will have to mount something (or a tutorial will ask you to do so), so here is how it is done:

mount -t type device mountpoint

As we can see, it is done with the mount where type is the filesystem type (ex4, FAT, NTFS, …), device is the device file (remember the /dev folder discussion) and the mountpoint is the point in our Linux directory structure where we want to place the device (the device’s storage). (Ward, 2014)⁠

Now you know how to mount a device. Again, you will rarely ever do this, but when you do, you know what you’re doing and what each of those arguments to the mount command mean. Sounds like you had a great Linux teacher!

Thank you for reading!


Ward, B. (2014). How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know (2nd ed.). No Starch Press. Page 76

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