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  1. #1
    d_GeNeRiT Guest

    Newbie asks "How much space left on my hard-drive?"

    Hi,

    This question must be asked thousands of times, yet I cannot find an answer using the search forum function.

    How can I see the capacity of my hard drive and how much free space is available on it. I cant find hda under /mnt or /media and wanted to right click it and select "Properties" the way you do in that "other" O/S.

    I also tried going to /dev and right clicking hda and no luck.

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    freak Guest
    open a terminal and type:

    df -h

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    If you want to mount it, type:
    Code:
    su -
    mount -t type /dev/hdx# /media/mountpoint
    type = filesystem on that device, choices are usually:
    - ext3
    - ext2
    - vfat
    --> AKA fat32 / fat16 / fat
    mountpoint can be anything you want, just create mountpoint first:
    Code:
    su -
    mkdir /media/mountpoint
    /dev/hdx# is your device.
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    d_GeNeRiT Guest
    Thanks guys,

    Thats what I wanted to know.

    freak: THat "df-h" is super cool. Never seen anything in windows like that. So very efficient.

    FireWing: Thanks, is this really necessary (to mount the hard-drive?) Im not sure what the benefit would be to doing this. Thank you much for this information and I have bookmarked your excellent How-to guides from the other thread.

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    mounting is the eqivalent of adding a D: or :e or x: frive to Windows.... It makes a HD usable in Linux.
    It adds that drive's hierarcry under mountpoint's directory.
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    juny20 Guest
    I am still a rookie, but another way I found while "playing" with the system is going through Applications=>System Tools=>System Monitor. At the bottom, it shows "Devices" and it lists your partitions, how big they are, how much is used, and what the free space is. I guess this is the visual equivalent of df -h in the terminal.

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    juny20 Guest
    By the way, I just "played" with that feature a little bit more and you can adjust the height of the "Devices" section by dragging the dividing line between memory and devices. That will allow you to see all the partitions at once. Also, at the end of the column, if you drag and move it to the right (the column name "Used", you will see a bar graph showing the amount used and the amount free. This is pretty neat!

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