Mounting, in computer science, is the process of making a file system ready for use by the operating system, typically by reading certain index data structures from storage into memory ahead of time. Computer science (or computing science) is the study and the Science of the theoretical foundations of Information and Computation and their In Computing, a file system (often also written as filesystem) is a method for storing and organizing Computer files and the data they contain to make An operating system (commonly abbreviated OS and O/S) is the software component of a Computer system that is responsible for the management and coordination The term recalls a period in the history of computing when an operator had to physically place (mount) a magnetic tape or hard disk on a spindle before using it. Magnetic tape is a medium for Magnetic recording generally consisting of a thin magnetizable coating on a long and narrow strip of Plastic. A hard disk drive ( HDD) commonly referred to as a hard drive, hard disk, or fixed disk drive, is a Non-volatile storage device
In Unix-like systems, the mount point is the location in the operating system's directory structure where a mounted file system appears. A Unix-like (sometimes shortened to *nix) Operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system while not necessarily conforming In Computing, a directory, catalog, folder or drawer is an entity in a File system, which contains a group of files and/or other directories For example, many modern Linux distributions automatically mount the CD drive as /media/cdrom, so the contents of the CD drive will appear in the /media/cdrom directory. A Linux distribution (also called GNU/Linux by distributions such as Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Mandriva and CD-ROM (an initialism of "Compact Disc Read-Only Memory " is a pre-pressed Compact Disc that contains data accessible to but not writable
Normally only the root user can mount a new file system usually using the mount (Unix) utility, but there are often provisions to allow normal users to mount removable media, such as the pmount package. On many computer Operating systems the superuser, or root, is a special User account used for System administration. The mount Unix command line utility instructs the Operating system a File system is ready to use and associates it with a particular point in The mount Unix command line utility instructs the Operating system a File system is ready to use and associates it with a particular point in
The equivalent to mounting in Microsoft Windows is known as mapping a drive. In these systems, all files and directories available to the operating system and its users are to be found relative to the root directory (/), whether those directories are on the same machine or not.
Microsoft's NTFS 3 also supports Volume Mount Points through the use of reparse points, which allows volumes to be mounted at arbitrary locations in the file system in addition to the standard drive letters (e. NTFS (New Technology File System Is the standard File system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows g. C:, E:).