How To Mount Partition In Linux

If you’re a Linux user, there will likely come a time when you need to mount a partition. Whether it’s to access specific files or perform a particular operation, understanding how to do this is crucial. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process.

What is Mounting in Linux?

Before we delve into the ‘how’, it’s important to understand the ‘what’. In Linux, mounting refers to the process of preparing a file system for use by the operating system. This involves integrating the file system of a device (like a hard drive, CD-ROM, or a network location) into the file system of the Linux machine.

Step 1: Identify the Partition

The first step is to identify the partition you want to mount. You can do this using the fdisk utility. Open your terminal and enter the following command:

    sudo fdisk -l

This will list all the partitions on your machine. Look for the partition you want to mount and note its device identifier – something like /dev/sda1.

Step 2: Create a Mount Point

Next, you need to create a mount point – this is the directory where the file system will be mounted. You can use the mkdir command to create a new directory. For example:

    sudo mkdir /mnt/my_partition

Step 3: Mount the Partition

Now you’re ready to mount the partition. Use the mount command, specifying the device identifier and the mount point. Like so:

    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/my_partition

This mounts the partition to the directory you created. Now you can access its files and directories as if they were part of your local file system.


And that’s it! You’ve successfully mounted a partition in Linux. Remember, if you reboot your computer, the mount will disappear. To make it permanent, you’ll need to edit the /etc/fstab file – but that’s a topic for another blog post.

Thank you for reading, and happy Linux-ing!