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Linux - Mount a CD-ROM or DVD

Cristian Sulea

Common CD mount points are /cdrom and /mnt/cdrom and common DVD mount points are /dvdrom and /mnt/dvdrom.

If the mount point does not exist, create it:

mkdir /mnt/cdrom

Mount it:

mount -t iso9660 -o ro /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

If you cannot mount because

the device is already mounted or directory busy

perhaps the mount point /mnt/cdrom is your current directory. You have to change the directory to somewhere else in order to be able to mount to it.

Unmount and eject

Exit the directory /mnt/cdrom and execute:

umount /mnt/cdrom

Or simply run:


If you are unable to unmount your previously mounted CD-ROM, make sure that you are not in the directory where your CD-ROM is mounted or that some other application is not using it.

If you are still having problems to unmount your CD-ROM medium you can use fuser command to kill all related processes using your device.

fuser -mk /dev/hdc

Never use the above command on devices mounted read/write unless you are sure what you are doing.

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