HowTo: Raspberry Pi – Mount drive in Linux

As a Raspberry Pi user, sooner or later you will stumble over the question of how to connect a USB stick, external hard drive or SD card to the Raspberry Pi and access it.

The process is similar for all drive types. Whether USB stick, external hard drive or SD card. After connecting to the Raspberry Pi, the corresponding drive must first be integrated or mounted.

I have described how you can do this in the following article.

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Helpful articles:
Before you start this article, you should have prepared a Raspberry Pi so that it can be reached via the network and controlled via SSH.

The following articles describe what needs to be done to prepare the Raspberry Pi.

In the following lists you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

Required tool:

1xScrewdriver set  Buy at Amazon
1xSD card reader  Buy at Amazon

Required material:

1x Raspberry Pi  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi power supply  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi case  Buy at Amazon
1x Micro SD card 64GB  Buy at Amazon

Log in via SSH on the RaspberryPi

To get started, you first need to log in to RasPi with SSH on Putty. How to do it is described in the article

After entering your username and password you can start to enter the first commands.

Show detected drives

Before you can mount your drive, you should check whether it has already been recognized. This way you can also find out the name of the partition which you will integrate later.

By entering the command


you can display the recognized drives.

There you can then see all connected drives (first red arrow next to "disk") and associated partitions (second red arrow next to "part").

At this point, remember the name of the partition you want to mount/include. In this example it would be "sda1".

For drives that are already mounted/integrated, you can see the corresponding path in the "Mountpoint" column.

Prepare mount path

Before you can mount your drive, you must first select a mount point. In principle, the mount point is a simple directory on your system drive (in the case of the Raspberry Pi, the system drive is the SD card on which you also installed the Raspberry Pi image). You can also simply create a specific directory or folder to create a mount point.

For example, you can create a directory in the temporary folder.

Using the following command

mkdir /tmp/mountPoint/

the folder "mountPoint" is then created in the temporary folder, for example. This temporary folder is emptied after every restart of the system. This also removes the mount point.

Mount drive

Now that you have created a mount point, you can mount the connected drive.

For this you need the information from the previous steps.

  • partition name: sda1
  • Mount Point: /tmp/MountPoint

Now you can mount your drive with the following command:

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /tmp/mountPoint/

It is important that you don't just specify "sda1", ie the partition name. Here you have to enter the complete absolute path (including /dev/).

Access the mounted drive

After you have integrated the drive as described above, you can of course also access it.

To check whether the drive was mounted correctly, you can use the command

df -h

This lists all drives including the mount point. You can find the entry for the example used here in the bottom line. The left column shows the partition path (/dev/sda1) and the right column shows the mount path (/tmp/MountPoint).

If you now switch to the mount path (/tmp/MountPoint) you can display the contents of the mounted drive.

For example, if you now want to copy a file to the integrated drive, you must select the MountPoint of your integrated drive as the target.

More articles on the topic

In the following category you will find further links on the subject of Rasperry PI.

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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