Mounting CD ROM

Israel Goitom israel.goitom at
Sat Apr 28 19:33:30 BST 2007

Thanks Matthew and John,

I am very sorry to be asking such stupid questions, but I am a complete
beginner to linux.

I have managed to mount my cdrom drive using the following command line

mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom0/

but I was not able to see the cd drive on my desktop. On the Gnome desktop I
get both the home directory and the the cd drive icons but on the KDE I
could not find this. I tried looking through the desktop configuration but
it does not give the option of displaying this. Could you help me out with
this as well?

Thanks again,

On 4/28/07, Matthew Woehlke <mw_triad at> wrote:
> Israel Goitom wrote:
> > I am not sure if I should be expecting this in Linux,
> In most UNIX OS's (including Linux), you need to "mount" devices before
> you can use them. This includes hard drives, optical media (e.g.
> CD-ROM's), USB drives (external hard drives, flash drives, etc.) and so
> on. Until you start installing/removing hard drives you don't need to
> worry about those, as they are mounted for you at boot time... as well
> as any other media that happen to be present (i.e. I'm guessing this is
> why you can see a disc that is in your computer at boot time).
> > but when I started
> > using the KDE desktop I started noticing that if I boot the machine with
> a
> > CD in I can read it, but once I remove the cd and replace it with
> another
> > one, I can not see it at all.
> >
> > How do I get to see my CD after I have put it in the cdrom?
> In KDE there is usually an icon on your desktop for removable media the
> system knows about, e.g. optical drives ('cd-rom', 'dvd' or similar),
> also e.g. any flash drives your system knows about. If you right-click
> on these you should get a 'mount'/'unmount' option. You should also
> unmount devices before removing them (for optical drives you usually*
> cannot remove the disc until you unmount the drive) to ensure that all
> data has been fully written.
> (* the 'eject' option does the unmount for you... and also ejects the
> disc, of course :-).)
> --
> Mathew
> (sorry, .sig file is on the other computer)
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