Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question.

I want to connect a 1TB usb hard drive to my server and access its storage. My actual server only has a 256GB SSD, and the amount of space taken up on the external hard drive is about ~350GB. Does that mean if I try to mount it, it will overload the SSD by taking up all the remaining space?

If so, is it possible to access the hard drive without mounting it, so it takes up no actual space on my server?


  • Mounting no, copying/moving data from USB to SSD maybe, depending on amount. – crip659 Nov 13 '20 at 22:47

No, of course not.

If this was the case, you'd never be able to mount volumes larger than the free space left on your root file system.

  • Thank you. Just wanted to be 100% before I went ahead. – pigeonburger Nov 13 '20 at 22:37

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