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I am using Terminal and have looked through directories.

I just can't find where my USB drive its directory is.

Which directory is my USB drive mounted in?

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All drives (internal, external and networked) get mounted in /Volumes. You should see a folder there with the name of your USB drive as it appears on your desktop or in the Finder.

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More generally, you can use the mount command to see all the mounted volumes and where they are mounted. (Only a subset are mounted in /Volumes.) –  Chris Page Aug 11 '12 at 0:40
AFAIK both external storage devices and .dmg files are mounted in /Volumes, at least by default. What other subset are you referring to here? –  patrix Nov 4 '12 at 8:21
You can also drag&drop the usb drive from the Finder to the Terminal to get its path ;-) –  yves amsellem Oct 15 '14 at 9:57

Some techniques to try:

ls -a /Volumes


ls -l /Volumes


ls -la /Volumes

...may prove useful.


seems to give all the partitions that might be useful with Disk Utility, during formatting, etc.

you can probably reach your USB drive directly using:


This applies to other types of drives as well: optical, internal and external hard drives. All mounted volumes.

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In general, to find where something is mounted you can run the command

df -h

from the terminal. This also provides useful information about the space on the drive.

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You could also try this command in terminal to get more hardware info on your USB devices

system_profiler SPUSBDataType
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How can this command be used to solve the problem described in the question? –  patrix May 30 at 6:08

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