Updated: 05/05/2017 by Computer Hope

A mount may refer to any of the following:

mount1. Mount is a term used with a Unix and Linux machine where the mount command makes a directory accessible by attaching a root directory from one file system to that of another. This action ensures that the other directory or device appears as a directory or subdirectory of that system.

2. When a blank disc is placed into a computer before that disc can be used the computer must mount the disc. Mounting a disc is like formatting a floppy disk or hard drive before it can be used.

3. With an Apple Macintosh, mounting is used to describe when a disc is placed into a machine.

4. When referring to hardware, a mount may also refer to a mechanism that helps hold a device, such as a hard drive, in a computer. See the anti-vibration mount definition for further information about this term.

5. Mount may refer to a group of files in a file system accessible to a user or group of users.

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