Quick Guide: Mount DigitalOcean Volumes on Ubuntu & Others

Official DigitalOcean docs were a bit too lengthy for me.

So this is a much simpler, and quicker guide for creating, formatting and mounting new DigitalOcean volumes, with step-by-step copy/paste instructions.

DigitalOcean Create New Volume

Replace all instances of “new-do-volume” with assigned name of your volume.

Step 1. Format the volume with ext4;

sudo mkfs.ext4 -F /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-0DO_Volume_new-do-volume

Step 2. Create a mount point wherever you want;

sudo mkdir -p /mnt/volume

Step 3. Mount the volume;

sudo mount -o discard,defaults /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-0DO_Volume_new-do-volume/mnt/volume

Step 4. Change fstab so the volume will be mounted after a reboot;

echo /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-0DO_Volume_new-do-volume /mnt/volume ext4 defaults,nofail,discard 0 0 | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab

Step 5. Change ownership as desired;

sudo chown -R user:user /mnt/volume

The volume is now accessible at /mnt/volume or wherever you want to place it, and you are able to write files and store data as user and group settings permit.

Done! Enjoy DigitalOcean.

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Dave Walls

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