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 If you're unfamiliar with the standard Linux file layout, see FileSystemHierarchy. 
 Mountpoints are generally defined in fstab(5) and handled by mount(8). 
-!Common Exmamples  
+Usually, when your system starts up, it will mount all the file systems (partitions) listed in /etc/fstab.  
+You can mount additional file systems using the mount command from the command line.  
+Note that if you mount a partition (filesystem) in a non-empty directory, Linux will ignore (but not damage) the files already in that directory; they will reappear if the  
+partition is unmounted. However this is not usually done, it's normal practice to create an empty directory for the mount point.  
+ !Common Examples  
 ; __/cdrom__ and __/floppy__ : Linked to your floppy and CDROM drive (in fstab(5)), and empty until you put a disk in and mount it. 
 ; __/mnt__ : A special case, __/mnt__ is a directory that is defined by the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard as the MountPoint for a temporarily mounted file system. 
+Typically, you may wish to mount a USB flash card or card reader with e.g.  
+__mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt__ (where vfat is the file type, /dev/sda1  
+is where the USB card reader is plugged in, and /mnt is the mount point).  
+Cards in some multi-card readers of the type that support SD, XD, MMC, CF etc cards may show up as /dev/sdb1, /dev/sdc1 or /dev/sdd1 instead).  
+Remember to un-mount the card (with e.g. __umount /mnt__ ) before unplugging  
+the USB connection. (Note it's 'umount' not 'unmount').  
+More recent Linux distros will save you the bother by auto-mounting CD's and  
+USB cards.  
 This system is completely extensible - your filesystem can grow from / as far as it needs to grow. 
 Compare DriveLetters (which can't grow past 24 'mount points').