I want to check a few things about how Zorin works with SSDs and HDDs to make sure I have set it up correctly, and none of the minor issues I have are caused by something as daft as me setting up a drive incorrectly.
As background: I'm much more used to how Windows gives each storage device a single letter, which makes referring to drives and paths much more simple for me. (Obviously it would be an even better system if Windows used every letter rather than skipping some for historic reasons: A:, B: etc).
Linux seems a lot more complex here, offering multiple complicated names for the same drive (e.g. under mount options>identify path) and sometimes multiple possible paths to the same folder that don't always bear a relation to the drive the file is on (e.g. it sometimes has a path to /home/na/Desktop/memberships/Gumroad/ when it is really /mnt/sda2/Data/fiction/memberships/Gumroad - a totally separate drive!)
To understand things better I bought two new paperback guides to Linux. The other day I came across the /dev /mnt distinction and wondered if I'd done it right!
The book says:
- /dev = "devices attached to the system" "/dev/sda represents the first hard drive on your PC"
- /mnt = "temporarily mount an additional file system"
I have two M2 SSDs OSs - one ext4 Zorin (default, and dual boot menu), one NTFS Win10. Then a separate 4TB NTFS data drive in two partitions - the ext4 partition where I keep my Linux personal files.
When I installed Zorin it seemed to keep losing the Data drive, so I messed with the Disks utility, gave it a name, worked out that I had to "mount" it and tell it to do that every time Zorin loaded. However, I notice my data drive is /mnt/sda1/Data/ but should it be /dev/sda1/Data/ as the book suggests? i.e. should the drive be a /dev rather than /mnt? Would that make a difference?
As a basic user, looking at the two bullet points from the book above, I would have seen a permanent internal HDD as being a DEVICE. Whereas a MOUNT would be a temporary thing like a USB stick or my USB external backup drive. I don't understand why a permanent drive is being classes as temporary, not a permanent device?