Mounting file system
This option allows your workstation to configure what file system can be accessed.
File systems reside on mass storage devices such as diskettes, hard drives, and CD-ROMs.
Each storage media can be a different type of file system such as FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and HPFS etc.
Under Linux, it is possible to link different file systems on a mass storage device into a single, larger file system. This is accomplished by placing mounting points of a device's file system in a directory on another file system. So while the root directory of a drive on a different machine may be referred to as c:\, the same drive on a Linux system may be accessible as /mnt/xdir; where xdir can be any name (it is a directory, known as mount point).
When a device is mounted, it is then accessible to the system's users who have proper permission to access it.
Linux conf is a way of mounting file systems. You can also mount it by command line.
For example, to mount the first diskette drive on /mnt/floppy, you would type the command mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
* Note that floppy is a subdirectory inside mnt directory.
During the installation of Linux, a file that holds the information of mount points is created and it is located in /etc/fstab
To auto mount devices at boot time, this file can be edited to add new devices that points to file systems.
Reviewing Your Current File system
- Open Config => File systems => Access local drive.
The source here displays all mounted drives, figure 3.23 displays hda, and this means it is an IDE drive.
- fd indicates a diskette drive
hd indicates an IDE hard drive
If you have any other IDE drive, a second would be hdb, a third one would be hdc… and also follows a number, and these numbers represent the partitions.
Mount point: The actual location from which the file system is mounted and accessed.
FsType: The type of file system. A standard Linux partition uses the ext2 file system type, mandrake 9.0 uses ext3, DOS uses FAT16, Windows uses FAT16, FAT32, and Windows NT uses NTFS.
Size: Partition Size
Partition type: A description of the file system used on that partition
Status: Whether the device is mounted or not