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Show all detected mountable Drives/Partitions/BlockDevices

Terminal - Show all detected mountable Drives/Partitions/BlockDevices
hwinfo --block --short
2009-04-24 11:13:31
Show all detected mountable Drives/Partitions/BlockDevices

Yields entries in the form of "/dev/hda1" etc.

Use this if you are on a new system and don't know how the storage hardware (ide, sata, scsi, usb - with ever changing descriptors) is connected and which partitions are available.

Far better than using "fdisk -l" on guessed device descriptors.


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nice. Although I usually use the following for this purpose.

fdisk -l
Comment by linuxrawkstar 312 weeks and 6 days ago

hwinfo is perhaps specific to SuSE (although it may be available on other distributions as its in Gentoo's portage), so I think

fdisk -l

is more general (and is what I use anyway :-).

Comment by slackline 312 weeks and 5 days ago

1. fdisk has to be run with root privileges (unlike hwinfo).

2. Another advantage of

hwinfo --block --short


fdisk -l

is that it gives all mountable devices. fdisk doesn't bother listing cd/dvd drives, floppy disks, loopback devices, etc.

3. Unfortunately hwinfo is not in every distribution(ubuntu), but a simple

apt-get install hwinfo

solves that.

Comment by Schneckentreiber 312 weeks and 5 days ago

There is

sudo lshw -short -class storage -class disk -class volume

as well. (comes with ubuntu)

Comment by Schneckentreiber 312 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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