Ubuntu automounts USB -fs to /media/usb/something. How is this in OSX? I cannot find anything in /media below.

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All volumes (CDs, USB, harddrives, etc) are mounted into /Volumes.

After inserting a USB stick called USB I see the following:

alex@smiley:/Volumes|⇒  ls -lrt
total 8
drwxrwxr-t  30 alex  staff  1088 Aug  4 14:34 USB
drwx------   1 root  wheel   568 Aug  4 23:59 Family Backup
drwxr-xr-x   6 root  wheel   340 Aug  5 00:00 Time Machine Backups
lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  admin     1 Nov 14 20:55 System -> /
drwxr-xr-x  39 root  wheel  1394 Nov 14 20:57 SmileyBackup

In addition there you can see that my main drive is System. OS X creates a link to / for it automatically.

Also, Smiley Backup is another disk, and Time Machine Backups is a TimeMachine volume, and Family Backup is a remote shared drive I've mounted from another system.


As already mentioned, you can view almost all mounted devices in /Volumes. Although, the newer iOS devices do not show up there.

Alternatively, you can use diskutil (which does not require superuser access.)

$ diskutil list

If you want more details on a specific mounted device you might try:

$ diskutil info [diskname]

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