WHat does mounting mean?

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    WHat does mounting mean?

    Hi,

    What does 'mounting a drive' or mounting a device mean?

    thnx

    and what is a mount point?

    thnx

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    Well, when hardware and software love each other very much...

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    You're in the wrong spot. Go find a linux forum some place.

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    well to answer the question anyways (if ya guys don't mind..) its the Unix way of making a drive readable by the OS.

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    The term 'mount' is not tied specifically to UNIX, but rather it applies to all computer systems. I will discuss it in terms of Windows, but the concepts are the same everywhere.

    Mount -- O/S scans device bus and loads information about each drive it finds. This is analogous to the male 'mounting' the female for sexual intercourse.

    Unmount -- O/S 'unloads' information about a specific drive.

    Volume -- the drive (a partition)

    Mount Point -- The logical way you can access the device. In UNIX it might be /dev0 (or some such), and under windows, it might be 'A:\' or 'C:\', etc.

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    An example-- When you insert a floppy disk, the O/S will attempt to mount the device (which means it loads in the volume bitmap, file allocation tables, etc.). If it can do this, this makes the 'volume' (the floppy) accessible. It is a 'volume' of information. When you eject the disk by right-clicking on its icon and hitting eject, it 'unmount's the volume.

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    The advantage of the mounting concept is that there isnīt any logical difference between a file and a mounted device.

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