[caption id="attachment_5539" align="aligncenter" width="722"](https://codeyarns.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/20150123_fdisk.png) Two storage devices found attached to computer[/caption]
Storage devices like hard disks, SSD drives, CD/DVD disks, SD cards and USB thumdrives can be plugged into a Linux computer. For many operations, we need to know the name of the storage device. For example,
/dev/sda. Partitions created on this device to store data will have characters suffixed to this device name. For example,
/dev/sda7 might be a partition on the
/dev/sda hard disk.
I like to find out the device name of storage devices by listing them out using
$ sudo fdisk -l
For each storage device, this lists the device name (named after
Disk) followed by information about it and its partitions.
df command lists the mounted partitions on the computer:
$ df -h
You will have to guess the name of the storage device from the partition name by removing a few characters of suffix. For example, partitions on a SD card named
/dev/mmcblk0 might be named as
The GNOME Disk utility is typically pre-installed on Ubuntu. It can be invoked from the Dash using its name Disks or from the shell as
gnome-disks. It shows all the attached storage devices and their name is listed under
Some people suggest listing the
disk class of devices from the
$ sudo lshw -class disk
I do not prefer this since it does not list SD cards and many such storage devices.
Tried with: Ubuntu 14.04