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How to Setup External Drives in Chromebook Linux Environment

How to Set Up External Drives in the Chromebook Linux Environment

Linux on Chrome OS Chrome OS (Crostini), does not automatically detect external drives plugged into your Chromebook. However, you can set one up.

USB drive inserted into laptop computer

External drives can be accessed from the Files app of your Chromebook. However, if you wish to access them in the Linux environment (also known as Crostini), you might look in a directory such as /mediaThey’re not there. What’s the deal?

It is easy to set up external optical, USB, and SD media for command line access on your Chromebook. Here’s how it works.

Why Your Drive Isn’t Mounted in Crostini by Default

Why isn’t your drive automatically available in Crostini? Security is the main reason. Security is key. You can’t find the drive, even if you think you do. But you wouldn’t plug in any random USB stick you found lying around the ground?

Linux is designed to reduce security risks by limiting outside access by default.

Learn more: What can you do with Linux on a Chromebook and Chrome OS?

Linux allows you to share external drives

To share your drive go to the Files App and right-click it (if you are using an external mouse), or touch the trackpad two fingers and select the drive. Linux – ShareIn the context menu


A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm your desire to share your drive to Linux. Click OKTo share your drive and Linux.

Where is Your Drive Mounted

To locate your files, open Settings and click Advanced > Linux Development Environment. Then select Manage shared folders. You should see the drives that Linux has shared with you.

Chromebook Linux shared folders menu

They’ll be mounted below the command line. /mnt/chromeos. You can use all of the Linux commands to work on other files within the Linux hierarchy.

Chromebook Linux listing from USB drive

You can mount folders in Crostini, as well as whole drives. You can simply share the directory from your drive in Files, as shown above.

After you’re done with your drive, click on the XChrome OS will remove them from the Linux environment by placing them next to them.

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