Finding Drive Information in the Linux Terminal

Two commands come in useful when updating /etc/fstab to mount your partitions to your preferred locations. Recently though, I needed to map some drives on a non-gui machine so I didn’t have my-usual lifeline of a simple GUI disk manager.

So, I found myself resorting to “lsblk -f” to show all drives and their UUID.

The lsblk command in Linux listing all drives connected and respective UUIDs

I also utilise the “df -h” command to see disks mounted, space available and mounted locations.

An email of how I configured /etc/fstab is also below as for one of my drives it was an NTFS partition. Here’s how I sorted it on Debian.

Install ntfs-3g with “sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g” – As I found this package didn’t come with Debian 10. After you’ve determine the drive with df or lsblk – Create the directory where you would like to mount the drive.

Finally, the /etc/fstab will need the line as per below – with your UUID of course.

/etc/fstab example – With an NTFS Filesystem.