Show all detected mountable Drives/Partitions/BlockDevices

hwinfo --block --short
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.
Sample Output
disk:
 /dev/sda    USB-Stick
 /dev/cloop0 Disk
 /dev/hda    HARDDISK
partition:
 /dev/sda1   Partition 
 /dev/hda1   Partition
 /dev/hda2   Partition
cdrom:
 /dev/hdc    CD-ROM
floppy:
 /dev/fd0    Floppy Disk

What Others Think

nice. Although I usually use the following for this purpose. fdisk -l
linuxrawkstar · 491 weeks and 3 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 :-).
slackline · 491 weeks and 2 days ago
1. fdisk has to be run with root privileges (unlike hwinfo). 2. Another advantage of hwinfo --block --short over 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.
Schneckentreiber · 491 weeks and 2 days ago
There is sudo lshw -short -class storage -class disk -class volume as well. (comes with ubuntu)
Schneckentreiber · 491 weeks and 2 days ago

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