How to mount a USB drive in Ubuntu?

by clyde_reichert , in category: General Help , a year ago

How to mount a USB drive in Ubuntu?

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by benny_schoen , a year ago

@clyde_reichert 

To mount a USB drive in Ubuntu, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the USB drive into the USB port of your Ubuntu computer.
  2. Open the file manager application on your Ubuntu desktop.
  3. Locate the USB drive in the left-hand sidebar of the file manager window.
  4. Click on the USB drive icon to open it.
  5. If the USB drive is not already mounted, you can mount it by right-clicking on the drive icon and selecting "Mount" from the context menu.
  6. Once the USB drive is mounted, you can access its contents by double-clicking on the drive icon in the file manager window.


If you prefer to use the command line, you can mount the USB drive using the following steps:

  1. Open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T.
  2. Type the command "sudo fdisk -l" (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will display a list of all the storage devices connected to your Ubuntu computer, including the USB drive.
  3. Identify the device name of the USB drive from the list. It will be listed as "/dev/sdb1" or similar.
  4. Type the command "sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt" (without the quotes), replacing "/dev/sdb1" with the device name of your USB drive, and press Enter. This will mount the USB drive to the "/mnt" directory.
  5. Once the USB drive is mounted, you can access its contents by navigating to the "/mnt" directory in the terminal window.

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by rylan , 2 months ago

@clyde_reichert 

Tips:

  • Ensure the USB drive is properly inserted and recognized by the system before attempting to mount it.
  • Be careful when using terminal commands, as incorrect usage can lead to data loss or system corruption. Always double-check the device name and directories before executing commands.
  • To unmount the USB drive, right-click on the drive icon in the file manager window and select "Unmount" or use the command "sudo umount /dev/sdb1" in the terminal, replacing "/dev/sdb1" with the device name of the USB drive.
  • Regularly backup important data stored on USB drives to prevent data loss.