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?


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?
    – nohillside
    Nov 4 '12 at 8:21
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    You can also drag&drop the usb drive from the Finder to the Terminal to get its path ;-) 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.

  • Strange how you can't right-click on the Finder-view icons or even the desktop-icon for additional properties including the file-paths for external media-drives connected to a device running macOS Catalina; you can access file-folder paths and other properties from said locations in Ubuntu 18.04. Oct 30 '19 at 14:53

In general, to find where something is mounted, you can run this command from the terminal:

df -H 

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

  1. I like to use three native utilities all in one go, just to be thorough and get all the details.


diskutil list; df -Hl; echo; mount
/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *500.3 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh HD            499.4 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3

Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ifree %iused Mounted on /dev/disk0s2 499G 490G 8.9G 99% 2582670 4292384609 0% /

/dev/disk0s2 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on /dev (devfs, local, nobrowse) map -hosts on /net (autofs, nosuid, automounted, nobrowse) map auto_home on /home (autofs, automounted, nobrowse)

  1. If you don't want a lot of information, you can just check for mounted disk partitions in /dev:


ls /dev/disk*
/dev/disk0      /dev/disk0s1    /dev/disk0s2    /dev/disk0s3

  1. To list ownership and permissions, etc :


ls -alh /dev/disk*
brw-r-----  1 root  operator    1,   0 29 Oct 11:24 /dev/disk0
brw-r-----  1 root  operator    1,   1 29 Oct 11:24 /dev/disk0s1
brw-r-----  1 root  operator    1,   3 29 Oct 11:24 /dev/disk0s2
brw-r-----  1 root  operator    1,   2 29 Oct 11:24 /dev/disk0s3


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

system_profiler SPUSBDataType
  • How can this command be used to solve the problem described in the question?
    – nohillside
    May 30 '15 at 6:08
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    This is useful to developers like myself who are trying to specifically differentiate a USB thumbdrive of unknown name from other mounted volumes. This could happen for example, in systems that can be overridden by alternate settings stored on a thumbdrive, IF the thumbdrive is present. In this case I want to not care what the volume is named, I just want to find whatever thumbdrive(s) is present.
    – Dave
    Dec 21 '16 at 22:41

easy peezy lemon squeezy.

cd /volumes/whatever-the-name-of-volume

if that doesn't work then do it step by step

cd /volume and then cd into whatever the name is of the device.

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    How does this differ from or improve on other answers?
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 6 '17 at 22:30

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