How To Mount Extra Disks on Google Cloud VM Instance

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By default, the new disks attached during the instance creation cannot be used directly. You need to format and mount it to your instance to put that in use.

In this article, we will explain how to format and mount an extra disk to your google compute engine VM instance.

Note: We assume that you have created the VM instance with an extra disk attached to it.

Formatting and Mounting Extra Disk on VM Instance

1. Login to the instance and list the available extra disk using the following command.

sudo lsblk

An example output is shown below. All the extra disks will not have any entry under the MOUNTPOINT tab. Here, sdb is the extra disk that has to be formatted and mounted.

[[email protected] ~]$ lsblk
sda      8:0    0  10G  0 disk 
└─sda1   8:1    0  10G  0 part /
sdb      8:16   0  20G  0 disk

2. Next, we should format the disk to ext4 using the following command. In the below command we are mentioning /dev/sdb as that is the extra disk available.

sudo mkfs.ext4 -m 0 -F -E lazy_itable_init=0,lazy_journal_init=0,discard /dev/sdb

3. Next, create a mount directory on the instance as shown below. You can replace the /demo-mount with a custom name and path you prefer.

sudo mkdir -p /demo-mount

4. Now, mount the disk to the directory we created using the following command.

sudo mount -o discard,defaults /dev/sdb /demo-mount

5. If you want write permissions to this disk for all the users, you can execute the following command. Or, based on the privileges you need for the disk, you can apply the user permissions.

sudo chmod a+w /demo-data

6. Check the mounted disk using the following command.

df -h

A sample output,

[[email protected]]$ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1        10G  2.3G  7.8G  23% /
devtmpfs        842M     0  842M   0% /dev
tmpfs           849M     0  849M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           849M  8.4M  840M   1% /run
tmpfs           849M     0  849M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs           170M     0  170M   0% /run/user/1001
tmpfs           170M     0  170M   0% /run/user/0
/dev/sdb         20G   45M   20G   1% /demo-data

Automount Disk On Reboot

To automount the disk on system start or reboots, you need to add the mount entry to the fstab. Follow the steps given below for adding the mount to fstab.

1. First, back up the fstab file.

sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.backup

2. Execute the following command to make a fstab entry with the UUID of the disk.

echo UUID=`sudo blkid -s UUID -o value /dev/sdb` /demo-mount ext4 discard,defaults,nofail 0 2 | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab

2. Check the UUID of the extra disk

sudo blkid -s UUID -o value /dev/sdb

3. Open fstab file and check for the new entry for the UUID of the extra disk

sudo cat /etc/fstab

Now, on every reboot, the disk will automatically mount to the defined folder based on the fstab entry.

  1. Why are you originally mounting the disk to `/demo-data`…

    Then in the fstab file mounting it to `/mnt/disks/disk-1`…

    Is this tutorial pieced together from two disparate ones?

  2. Hello Mike ,

    I don’t want format disk just the opposite i want to recovery my disk.How can i access second disk ?

  3. Actually I had to use:

    sudo mkfs.ext4 -m 0 -F -E lazy_itable_init=0,lazy_journal_init=0,discard /dev/sdb

    1. Thank you for this command. It was a complete struggle for me. I am a complete noob when it comes to linux disks and formatting. I really want to say thank you for this command and to the author for writing this article.

    2. Thank Ken For the Update. For some reason, the syntax highlighter removes 0 from the command. I have updated it!

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