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 ====== Using Removable Drives and Media ====== ====== Using Removable Drives and Media ======
  
  
 ===== Accessing Removable Media ===== ===== Accessing Removable Media =====
-Before we talk about managing removable media, we need to explain the terms //mount//, //unmount// and //eject//. The Unix file system treats all drives and media as files, albeit a special type of file. In order to be able to access the files on a particular medium, you must first mount the device. This can be accomplished through the command line with the ''​mount''​ command or through a file manager like Thunar. When a drive is mounted, it gets attached to the file system as a subdirectory; e.g., as ''/​media/​username/​device-name''​. The files on the medium can then be accessed just like any other files and folders in the file system. If you want to mount a drive from the command line, you must first run a command to determine its device name. Fortunately,​ this is not necessary in Thunar. As soon as a removable device is inserted or plugged in, its name will show up in the Side Pane under the //Devices// section. It can optionally be mounted and opened automatically---see the [[using-removable-media#​managing_removable_drives_and_media|Managing Removable Drives and Media]] paragraph below for details on how to configure those options.+Before we talk about managing removable media, we need to explain the terms //mount//, //unmount// and //eject//. The Unix file system treats all drives and media as files, albeit a special type of file. In order to be able to access the files on a particular medium, you must first mount the device. This can be accomplished through the command line with the ''​mount''​ command or through a file manager like Thunar. When a drive is mounted, it gets attached to the file system as a sub-directory; e.g., as ''/​media/​username/​device-name''​. The files on the medium can then be accessed just like any other files and folders in the file system. If you want to mount a drive from the command line, you must first run a command to determine its device name. Fortunately,​ this is not necessary in Thunar. As soon as a removable device is inserted or plugged in, its name will show up in the Side Pane under the //Devices// section. It can optionally be mounted and opened automatically---see the [[using-removable-media#​managing_removable_drives_and_media|Managing Removable Drives and Media]] paragraph below for details on how to configure those options.
  
 You can see the current mount status of a device by looking at its icon in the Side Pane. The icons of unmounted drives are greyed out. See the example below for a comparison. You can also right-click on a device and the context menu will offer an option to either {gui>​Mount} or {gui>​Unmount},​ depending on the current status. You can see the current mount status of a device by looking at its icon in the Side Pane. The icons of unmounted drives are greyed out. See the example below for a comparison. You can also right-click on a device and the context menu will offer an option to either {gui>​Mount} or {gui>​Unmount},​ depending on the current status.
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 Be aware that you cannot eject or unmount media that are still in use by one or more applications. Therefore if the file manager refuses to eject media, make sure you close all applications that were accessing the media, and be sure to also check command line applications running in ''​Terminal''​ windows. ​ Be aware that you cannot eject or unmount media that are still in use by one or more applications. Therefore if the file manager refuses to eject media, make sure you close all applications that were accessing the media, and be sure to also check command line applications running in ''​Terminal''​ windows. ​
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 ===== Managing Removable Drives and Media ===== ===== Managing Removable Drives and Media =====