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Old 06-08-2004, 04:00 PM   #1
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USB Flash Drives

Hi guys!
I'm new here, so hello to everyone!

I've been using SuSE 8.2 for a few months now and I have to say that it did change my opinion about Linux ALOT! Infact, I start to use Linux more that Windows.

Anyway, I have a Memory Stick that only works in Windows. Unfortionantly the software that came with the stick forced me to make double partitions of my flash drive (normal and security partitions).

Can you guys help me or point me in the right way with this, I am a bit familiar with how Linux works but I still have a lot to learn.

Although when I plug in the Memory Stick, Linux makes a beep sound (or something) and displays a drive icon on the desktop but I can't access it.


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Old 06-08-2004, 05:05 PM   #2
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check in terminal a command


and see if something nice a disk of the size of your stick. if does, that's your memory stick...but I guess it doesn't. check that you have some modules loaded,

modprobe usb-storage
modprobe uhci-hcd
modprobe ohci-hcd

and then, when you plug it in,

mkdir /mnt/mem
mount /dev/sdXY /mnt/mem

where XY is the rest of the device's name, like a1 (like sda1), a4 (sda4),

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/mem

altough I'm not sure about the name of the device (sda1 or what) because it depends on your system..

EDIT: my stick was too a windows-driver-based one, with "secured" and "unsecured" partitions on it...I just changed the secured partition's size to 0 so that there was no password-protected area, and it worked on my linux

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Old 06-08-2004, 05:15 PM   #3
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Err...I've no experience with memory sticks but I can speculate and guess. You probably need to mount it, so you'll need an empty folder somewhere suitable, then you'll need to know where in /dev the kernel is putting it. What I'd do is plug it in and then type in the command dmesg , this will put a lot of stuff up about all the hardware the kernel has noticed and hopefully, somewhere in there will be something that looks like your memory stick. For example, if it looks like it may be sda1 then try (as root)
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/stick # or wherever

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Old 06-11-2004, 03:36 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! I'll give it a try.


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