USB disks can be mounted and unmounted by users logged into the console on Narrabri Linux computers in the Observers Area (not allowed for users logged in remotely however) using the pmount and pumount commands.
Plug in device into USB a port, these are on the front of the computer though some monitors are setup to act as USB Hubs
After a minute or so enter the dmesg command in a terminal
You should see something like the following
The disk has been detected and has been assigned an ID of /dev/sdd,
Enter command /sbin/fdisk -l to see partition structure e.g.
the existing partition (sdd1) can be mounted using pmount, note that devices may be assigned other ID's /dev/sdc, /dev/sde etc
In this case the syntax is pmount /dev/sdd1 or /usr/bin/pmount /dev/sdd1
The device will mount under /media/sdd1 (this depends on partition ID, e.g pmount /dev/sdd1 would be mounted under /media/sdd1 and so on) and should be visible using commands like df or mount e.g.
The device can be unmounted using the pumount command e.g. pumount /dev/sdd1 or /usr/bin/pumount /dev/sdd1
pmount man page
pumount man page
dmesg man page
fdisk man page
Original: Brett Lennon (20th Jun 2011), modified: Brett Lennon (August 04, 2016)