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So I have unmounted a usb external hard drive but I went to re-mount it. Is there a command that I can use to remount the drive? Only way I know to re-mount a drive is to disconnect the usb cable from my Mac and reconnect it.

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diskutil mount `diskutil list | grep "Volume Name" | sed -n -e 's/^.* //p'`

  1. Find the disk identifier:

    diskutil list | grep "Volume Name"

    Example result:

    4:   Apple_HFS Volume Name   100 GB   disk1s2
  2. Mount the disk:

    diskutil mount disk1s2
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Thanks! Now I have an alias setup so I quickly remount a volume. – Scott Walter Mar 28 '14 at 18:08
Where's that "Windows 8" bit come from? – dfeuer Mar 29 '14 at 4:39
@dfeuer Sorry that was just an example volume name — edited. – grgarside Mar 29 '14 at 8:43

Disk Utility will let you remount any connected drives. Just

  1. open it up (It is usually in Applications > Utilities)

  2. select the drive

  3. click "Mount"

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All there years of using Disk Utility I never knew you could do this :) – Scott Walter Mar 28 '14 at 18:10

diskutil mount also accepts a volume name, so there is no need to grep the output of diskutil list. If the disk has multiple volumes (like a Time Machine volume and another volume), you can use diskutil mountDisk to mount all volumes:

$ diskutil mount WD
Volume WD on WD mounted
$ osascript -e 'tell app "Finder" to disks where ejectable is true'
disk WD
$ diskutil eject Untitled
Disk WD ejected
$ diskutil mountDisk WD
Volume(s) mounted successfully
$ osascript -e 'tell app "Finder" to disks where ejectable is true'
disk Time Machine, disk WD

mountDisk and eject apply to all volumes even if you specify the name of one volume.

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In addition to the answers already given, there is also a GUI app for this, which I really like: Mountain.

It's a $2 app that sits in the menu bar and keeps track of both mounted and unmounted drives. Unmounted drives can be remounted from there as well.

You can download a free trial from the website.

(Also note that once you install the Mac App Store version, there is an update available directly from the developer. I assume the update isn't on the Mac App Store because of Apple's sandboxing rules.)

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