Simple Ways to Mount Usb Devices in Linux Operating System

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Introduction: Differences Between Usb Devices and CDs, DVDs and Floppy Drives

USB drives, pen drives, flash drives and external hard disks (HDD) are increasingly becoming the most popularly used removable storage devices in the computing world. And the reasons are not really hard to fathom.

The USB devices are faster to use than CDs or DVDs or even floppies.

Floppies take up a considerable amount of time to get written and get corrupted after being used for a couple of times.

CDs, DVDs and Floppies are also extremely fragile; the slightest of scratches may result in the user having multiple bad sectors in the disk from which data recovery becomes difficult.


USB devices in comparison are faster, well-built and more resistant to damage, easier to carry and are more portable. A 16 Gigabytes (GB) pen drive is of the size of just a little finger that can store high amount of data which is literally more than what CDs, DVDs and floppies can accommodate

In computers with Linux platforms also, using USB is becoming more and more popular. USB Linux is not much difficult to use once one has gone through the required tutorial. Most Linux users are not however, comfortable with using USB devices because of lack of knowledge in its working process

SCSI Linux Device Naming Utilities: Technology on How Linux Usb Devices Operate and Function

USB devices use SCSI names in linux operating system. SCSI names represent the USB devices in the system. Names such as dev/sda are used to represent the first USB device and likewise partition. It must be confirmed that the Linux kernel has support for USB devices.

Easy Steps on How to Mount USB Devices in Linux and Pen Drive

The following steps should be followed to mount USB in Linux or pen drive.

Firstly, one has to log in as the root user using the sudo command.

Secondly, after that, the mount disk command has to be made. There is another command that will enable one to use the USB drive or to see the files it contains.

There are other commands such as the rm, rmdir commands that will enable one to copy files from the drive to the hard disk.

The fdisk command enables one to delete available partitions and create new ones.

The dmesg command provides more information on the USB devices. Another command unmounts the device when it is not in use.

There are other specific commands that will enable one to format USB in Linux. The bootable USB Linux can be created with the help of certain utilities that can help create a bootable USB drive.

The USB Linux installer is also a quite simple to use utility that can help one install the USB on the system, when the USB device is not supported in the kernel.

USB devices’ popularity has warranted that all the different operating system incorporate it within themselves, in ways which will enable them to be used easily, speedily and conveniently. That is why Linux too has included it. Different websites have sprung up on the internet to provide help and step by step guidelines that help users go through each of the processes involved in using USB Linux easily. Even the apparently complicated has become easy.

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