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I have Debian 5 XFCE currently installed on my old desktop. I cant open my flash drive, it doesnt pop up on the desktop, nor is it in the file manager. I read that you can add it to the fstab list but I dont know how to do it.
My flash drive shows up as sda1 in lsusb.
I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me get my flash drives working, thats how I install packages.
If it shows up in lsusb, it probably also is in the file manager, but you may be looking in the wrong place.
Plug the stick in, then open a terminal and run: less /etc/mtab. The stick should should show as /dev/sda1 and its mount point. Mine looks like this: /dev/sdc1 /media/disk-1 ext3 rw,nosuid,nodev,data=ordered 0 0
So, in my file manager, the place to look is /media/disk-1.
Try running the command mount before and after inserting the flash memory, and see what's added.
I made the directory /media/usb and added this line to /etc/fstab
/dev/sdb1 /media/usb ext2 noauto,noatime,users 0 0
Obviously your device is different and your filing system won't be ext2 unless you reformated.
Now when you reboot you will loose this and you will have to make an entry in fstab. As mentioned above post in order to help with fstab need to know file system but with what was given you can figure it out we hope.
Last edited by Larry Webb; 03-31-2011 at 06:47 PM.
click on the menu
click on settings
click on file manager -> advanced -> enable "volume management"
If that doesn't help, after clicking on settings:
click on "Removable media and devices"
click on "automount removable devices when hot-plugged"
I am not sure if that is valid for all xfce-versions of Debian. I am using Sid.
I would say it is valid, but am not sure.
You should write udev rules for the device, because it might not always be /dev/sda (for example). Then, you could use a name like /dev/flash in your fstab (and /dev/flash would be a symbolic link to the correct device, whether it's /dev/sda or something else). Have a look at this for an idea about what udev is about. The commands have changed a bit now (i.e. that document is somewhat out of date), but the concepts will be the same.