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I've just seeing your post because I had the same problem, so I do continued searching the internet because the solutions that people gave you did not work with me too (I am using Red Hat 9, but it does not matters).
If you want to access your floppy drive, first you should mount it this way:
mount /dev/sda /mnt/floppy
...and, after you have mounted it, you have to access to the folder where you have mounted it, this case you have to access to /mnt/floppy.
NOTE 1: To mount your device in that folder, you have to be root. You can login as root in a console this way:
password: [enter your password]
... I mean, you write 'su' in your console and the login program will ask you for your root password. You insert it and you have just logged in as root. Then, you can mount your floppy.
NOTE 2: You also have to create your mount point, I mean, the folder where you want to mount your floppy drive by usb (in the example I gave you the folder is '/mnt/floppy', a very common one).
I use Suse 9.0 so I dont know if this is the same with other distros.
In KDE when I plug in a usb device, if I wait a few seconds the desktop comes alive and shows an icon for the usb device whether its a thumb drive in which case its sda1 (2,3,4, whatever) or a zip disk in which case its zip. It seems strange but try waiting a bit to see if the file system kicks in.
Otherwise make sure that you create a mount point in /mnt or /media depending on your distro, call it usbfloppy or whateber you like. You may have to be root to do it.
Then as root mount /dev/sda -t msdos (or whatever is the file system type) /mnt/usbfloppy ( or /media/usbfloppy if your a happy suse user)
If your unsure about the file system try the man pages for a hint.