WSL mount external storage and network drives

Windows Subsystem for Linux can use (mount) external storage including: SD card, USB thumb flash drives, CD / DVD drives (CDFS), network drives, and UNC paths. Coming soon: new wsl --mount syntax that will extend WSL connectivity to Linux filesystems.

WSL can mount and use hardware external drives formatted as FAT, ExFAT or NTFS. If Windows changes the external drive letter on a subsequent session, you need to repeat this process. The commands are typed into the Windows Subsystem for Linux Terminal.

Create a mount location in WSL and mount the drive (assume the drive shows in Windows as “F:"):

mkdir /mnt/f

mount -t drvfs f: /mnt/f

One can then create and manipulate files from both Windows and WSL on the same external drive.


For network storage, assume networked storage is already showing in Windows under \\server\share and we want to access this network storage from WSL as /mnt/share.

Create a mount location in WSL and mount the network share:

mkdir /mnt/share

mount -t drvfs '\\server\share' /mnt/share

Reference: external drive mount on WSL