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Using Media

This chapter covers how to use media such as hard drives, DVDs, CDs, and flash drives in Fedora. When these media are mounted, they are called volumes.


When you insert media into your computer, Fedora automatically detects the volume. An icon is placed both on your desktop and in the Places menu.

System hard disk is already mounted
The hard disk drive that Fedora is installed on is mounted during system boot and cannot be removed or ejected the way other media can. Access this drive through the Computer icon on the desktop or through Places > Computer.

When you are finished using your media, alert Fedora that you would like to remove this volume. To do this, right-click on the device's icon and then select Unmount Volume or Eject, depending on what type of media you are using.

Exploring Media

To view the contents of a volume, double-click on the icon on the desktop, or choose the volume name from the Places menu.

All of the contents of your volume are displayed in the window.

Writing CDs or DVDs

Fedora includes support for writing to CDs and DVDs. To write to a CD or DVD:

  1. Open a Nautilus window, such as Home or Computer. Nautilus is the graphical file manager.
  2. Select Places > CD/DVD Creator.
  3. Drag and drop the files you wish to burn into this new empty window.
  4. Click Write to Disc.
  5. In the dialog box, you can change the name of the disc and the write speed if they are incorrect.
  6. Click Write.

Using a USB Drive

When you plug in a USB drive, Fedora automatically detects this and puts an icon on your desktop. You may then use your USB drive as you would any other volume.

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