How to Mount USB Drives in Arch Linux

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How to Mount USB Drives in Arch Linux
Mounting hard drives is easy to do from the console in Linux. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Arch Linux is a distribution developed for simplicity and a small footprint. Arch has no GUI by default and is intended to be very UNIX-like. Arch Linux is available for i686/x86-64 architectures, making it one of only a few Linux distributions that are 64-bit only. Arch also has a package management system called "pacman" that is similar to modern package managers found in Ubuntu or Fedora. Although Arch Linux is a very minimalist distribution, functions such as mounting and unmounting USB drives are handled in much the same way as other distributions when working from the console.

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  1. 1

    Determine the USB drive's device node by matching it with the drive's label. Change directories to "/dev/disk/by-label". Enter the command "ls" and press enter to list all currently connected devices. If the drive has no label, do the same thing in "/dev/disk/by-id". Find the device node path that matches your drive.

  2. 2

    Create the directory to which you will mount the drive. Linux needs a directory path that will point to the contents on the drive. These are usually placed in "/mnt/", but you can make the directory anywhere you wish. For example, create a directory called "usbdrive" under "/mnt" by entering the following command:

    mkdir /mnt/usbdrive

  3. 3

    Mount the drive to the directory created above. Enter the following command, replacing "device_node" with the node path you determined in Step 1:

    mount device_node /mnt/usbdrive

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