Linux 101: What is the mount command and how do you use it?

Jack Wallen introduces new Linux users to the mount command and how to use it to mount an external drive to the internal file system.

Image: Jack Wallen

Linux is capable of doing all sorts of amazing things, some of which no other operating system on the planet can do. 

It’s also capable of handling some very basic tasks. One such task is mounting file systems (such as external drives) to the filesystem. This is a crucial feature, otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to either expand your storage or attach external data drives. 

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If you’re working with a distribution of Linux that includes a desktop GUI, adding external drives is pretty simple. But what if you’re using a GUI-less server? For that, you’ll need to make use of the mount command….

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