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Old 01-26-2004, 02:17 PM   #1
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can't mount USB device

Hi everyone.

Thanks to everyone who can help me with my problem.

I have a USB Mini Cruzer. Anytime I try to mount it, I
get an error message like this;

[root@localhost rob]# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/mini
mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device

I appreciate anybody's help. Thanks.

Old 01-26-2004, 02:26 PM   #2
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first make sure you have the kernel modules 'usbcore' and 'usb-storage' loaded. (see modprobe command)

If those two modules show up when you execute 'lsmod' then the next thing to do is to put the drive in the USB port. You may or may not see output dump to the screen. If you don't run 'dmesg'. You should see something to the effect of 'a new device has been recognized' and then it should list what /dev/sd* it can be found at. Most do usually go to /dev/sda1 however I've had it show up sometimes at /dev/sdb1 and others so you may have to look for it.

But once you found it the device will almost always show up through that device file.

hope that helps,
Old 01-26-2004, 05:41 PM   #3
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if you still have problems, check that usb mass storage has been enabled in the kernel, either as a module (usb-storage) or compiled in.

you can check using kde control center, under system administration -> linux kernel, but make sure it's looking at the correct kernel config file for your running kernel...


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