I understand that "sda1" refers to my first hard-drive and the first partition on it but does Linux treat it as a directory or are the backslashes used just for our understanding that the drive is a device the system has access to? Also why do people in the an Arch installation usually mount /dev/sda1 to /mnt? Isn't /dev/sda1 supposed to be the root folder of the OS. Please correct me if I have the wrong impression but I am quite new to Linux fundamentals.
EDIT: Actually I think I understood what is happening. The /mnt belongs to the temporary OS running on the installation disk whereas after installation the /dev/sda1 will become the root folder. Please correct me if I am wrong.