External Drive Naming Convention Confusion

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em r
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External Drive Naming Convention Confusion

Post by em r » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:54 pm

I am running LinuxMint 18.3 on an hp presario.
When I plug an External Drive and mount it, it is mounted in Media directory and named with a long number/sequence.
I have numerous partitions on my internal disk as well as the external disk.
If I wish to alter a partition with fdisk, I don't know how to cross-reference the long number/sequence name with the more conventional naming of the drive, sda, sdc3, or etc that fdisk and gparted use. I would not want to make a mistake in fdisk.
What can I do?

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Re: External Drive Naming Convention Confusion

Post by gm10 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:34 pm

The mount point and the device names are very different things. You cannot write files to /dev/sda1 directly, either.

lsblk let's you cross-reference mount point and device name.
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Re: External Drive Naming Convention Confusion

Post by richyrich » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:39 pm

Have you put a label on the drive using Gparted ?

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Re: External Drive Naming Convention Confusion

Post by srq2625 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:48 pm

em r wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:54 pm
If I wish to alter a partition with fdisk, I don't know how to cross-reference the long number/sequence name with the more conventional naming of the drive, sda, sdc3, or etc that fdisk and gparted use. I would not want to make a mistake in fdisk.
What can I do?

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sudo blkid
will provide you both the "long sequence" mapped to the /dev/sdXN that you are looking for.

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