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Is there an agreed convention exactly where to mount internal harddrives? I read people use /mnt/ is used for external space like usb drives or portable harddisks.

Some people use /usr/local/share/ for their network shared folders, so is /usr/local/ a good spot to mount a internal hdd or where would you suggest to mount to?

The files on the disk are media files, which I intend to share via network - think NAS.

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/usr/local/share/ is definitely not where you want to mount HDDs, if you follow the FHS – slhck Mar 7 '12 at 20:09
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It depends on what the internal hard drive is for. If it contains the root file system, mount it to /, if it contains the user directories, mount it to /home, if it contains data to be shared over the network mount is to /export. If you can't categorize it, create a new directory with a distinct name.

/mnt is used as a temporarary mount point. An internal hard drive is permanent, so that's the wrong place. /media/ is often used for removable devices, but not for the internal ones.

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I use /mnt/ now, but you make a good point since /mnt is used for temporary devices. The files are media related and intended to be shared over the network, is /home stil a good idea for that? – bill r. Traq Mar 7 '12 at 20:55
export it is then. Thanks. – bill r. Traq Mar 7 '12 at 21:10

/usr/local/share is for files

  • placed by the local system administrator (as opposed to being placed by the distribution or a third-party application)
  • and that are intended to be accessed by anyone on the system.

Examples are the HTML and script files that make up a locally developed or hand-installed web application. At least that's what I always thought.

Best I can tell is to use /mnt for this purpose - make a directory that reminds you of the purpose or function of the drive and mount it there.

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Right now I use /mnt. The file are all media files - think NAS, is it still a good idea to use that mount point? – bill r. Traq Mar 7 '12 at 20:52
Don't mount ON /mnt, but make a directory under /mnt and mount there: i.e. mkdir /mnt/my_external_01 and then mount -t ntfs /dev/disk/by-id/usb-{whatever} /mnt/my_external_01 or similar. If your disk is NTFS or FAT32 you can use mount options to set the permissions for all files on the drive. – LawrenceC Mar 7 '12 at 20:57
Thanks that's what I do. I meant under /mnt/ e.g. /mnt/foldername – bill r. Traq Mar 7 '12 at 21:00
Is it a good idea to mount /mnt/foldername and then add a symbolic link from /mnt/foldername/media to /usr/local/share/media and then share that? – bill r. Traq Mar 7 '12 at 21:06

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