I recently bought a 2TB NVME SSD drive which I plan to install on my Linux Mint desktop. I have been taking a ton of pictures lately with my old Nikon D700 DSLR camera and I can use the extra space. Since the new drive is unformatted, here were the steps that I took to get it working on my desktop. This how-to assumes that I have installed the new NVME drive on your motherboard successfully.
The first thing to do is to find out the device name. It shows up as a 1.8TB disk on my desktop.
nvme0n1 259:0 0 1.8T 0 disk
Check if it’s formatted. It should be empty. If not, it will display the file system type.
sudo file -s /dev/nvme0n1
If formatted with XFS.
/dev/nvme0n1: SGI XFS filesystem data (blksz 4096, inosz 512, v2 dirs)
Since it’s empty, let’s format the drive. I will use XFS as the file system.
mkfs -t xfs /dev/nvme0n1
Let’s mount the drive after formatting. I will use the Nikon directory in my home directory as the mount volume.
sudo mount /dev/nvme0n1 /home/ulysses/Nikon
Let’s unmount it temporarily.
sudo umount /home/ulysses/Nikon
Next, I will add an entry to the /etc/fstab to make the drive mount permanent after each reboot. Get the UUID of the new drive using the blkid command.
Now edit the /etc/fstab file to add the new volume entry.
The entry will look similar to this. Enter the UUID by replacing the x’s.
UUID=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx /home/ulysses/Nikon xfs defaults 0 0
Test it by mounting all.
sudo mount -a
If there are no errors, mount was successful. You can check by running the df command.
It should display something similar to below. I already have 5% data on the drive.
/dev/nvme0n1 xfs 1.9T 83G 1.8T 5% /home/ulysses/Nikon
Since everything looks good, I can now safely reboot.
sudo shutdown -r