I don't know what files or file types are there on the hard drive nor do I know the file system in which the hard disk is written on. I am not able to view it in the home folder after booting from the liveCD.

  • Does Gparted not tell you what filesystems you have on your disk? (As I remember it should do)
    – Peterling
    Sep 18, 2012 at 17:02
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    You should nt look in Home Folder, but on the left pane of Nautilus, identify the correct partition and mount it. With that said, this question lacks detail, and it would help to add some.
    – nanofarad
    Sep 18, 2012 at 20:34

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When running a live session, you cannot access a computer's hard drive via /home directory or Home folder.

You do need to identify and click on the partition's label or name in the side pane of Nautilus to mount it, that is if you are running Ubuntu with GNOME desktop.

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  • Nice answer!!!!
    – RolandiXor
    Sep 21, 2012 at 17:30
  • @Peachy I changed something in my /etc/network/interfaces file which completely blocks Ubuntu from booting. I'm using Kubuntu LiveCD and tried to access the disk but while I can mount it, all I can view are the home folders. I tried sudo su - but it didn't give better results> Any idea how I could read this file and correct the wrong? Thank you, Sep 6, 2013 at 4:19
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    The unmounted device might not show up in Nautilus...
    – Cerin
    Apr 12, 2015 at 4:07
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    None of these work for my Xfce (I don't see any device besides filesystem). Could you give a path or usual paths? Thanks :)
    – Ignorante
    Aug 13, 2015 at 18:40
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    (-1) Nautilus does not show "Devices" for me. Mar 16, 2020 at 15:19

Open GUI application Disks, and find the drive you want to mount from the pane on the left. Within that drive, find the partition you want to mount using the drive's partition diagram.

When you click on the partition, the information beneath the partition diagram will show the drive's device identifier, in a line like:

Device: /dev/sd??

Replacing the question marks above with your device identifier, use command line 'mount' to mount the partition:


For an encrypted partition, see this answer to "Mount encrypted volumes from command line?"

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