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System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Managing Removable Media (Overview)

What's New in Removable Media?

Changes and Improvements to Removable Media Management

Backward Compatibility

Mounting and Unmounting Removable Media

Mounting and Unmounting Diskettes

Ejecting Removable Media

Customizing Removable Media Management

Disabling Removable Media Features

vold is Managed by the Service Management Facility (SMF)

Where to Find Managing Removable Media Tasks

Removable Media Features and Benefits

Comparison of Manual and Automatic Mounting

Overview of Accessing Removable Media

2.  Managing Removable Media (Tasks)

3.  Accessing Removable Media (Tasks)

4.  Writing CDs and DVDs (Tasks)

5.  Managing Devices (Overview/Tasks)

6.  Dynamically Configuring Devices (Tasks)

7.  Using USB Devices (Overview)

8.  Using USB Devices (Tasks)

9.  Using InfiniBand Devices (Overview/Tasks)

10.  Managing Disks (Overview)

11.  Administering Disks (Tasks)

12.  SPARC: Adding a Disk (Tasks)

13.  x86: Adding a Disk (Tasks)

14.  Configuring iSCSI Storage Devices With COMSTAR

15.  Configuring and Managing the Solaris Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS)

16.  Managing Disk Use (Tasks)

17.  The format Utility (Reference)

18.  Managing File Systems (Overview)

19.  Creating ZFS, UFS, TMPFS, and LOFS File Systems (Tasks)

20.  Mounting and Unmounting File Systems (Tasks)

21.  Configuring Additional Swap Space (Tasks)

22.  Copying Files and File Systems (Tasks)

23.  Managing Tape Drives (Tasks)


Overview of Accessing Removable Media

Essentially, removable media services enable you to access removable media just as manual mounting does, but more easily and without the need for administrative access.

If the media contains a file system and a label, the media label name is used to name the /media/pathname mount point. If a label is not present, the disk model name is used to name the media, such as /media/cdrom. A generic nickname is used only for legacy symbolic links. For example, /rmdisk/rmdisk0.

If your system has more than one type of removable device, see the following table for their access points.

Table 1-2 How to Access Data on Removable Media

Unlabeled Media Pathnames
Labeled Media Pathname Examples
Files on a diskette
The diskette and type volcheck on the command line
Files on a removable hard disk
The removable hard disk and type volcheck on the command line
/media/usb-disk or the legacy path /rmdisk/rmdisk0
Files on a CD
The CD and wait for a few seconds
Files on a DVD
The DVD and wait for a few seconds

You can use the rmmount -l command to identify mounted media on your system. For example:

# rmmount -l
/dev/dsk/c5t0d0p0       rmdisk6,/media/FD-05PUB
/dev/dsk/c4t0d3p0       rmdisk5,/media/223UHS-SD-MMC
/dev/dsk/c2t0d0s2       cdrom1,cd1,sr1,SOL_11_X86,/media/SOL_11_X86
/dev/dsk/c3t0d0p0       rmdisk2,/media/00JB-00CRA0

In the above output, the mounted devices are as follows:


USB floppy


CF card in a USB card reader




Removable USB disk