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I have just solved this problem for myself and thought I would post a little "How To" of my own in the hopes that I could help someone else.
I have a dual boot system, a USB drive, and a PCMCIA drive that I wanted to access from within Linux. Before you can attempt to do what I did I suggest you create two new folders from within your /mnt directory: removable, and windows. It doesn't really matter what you call them just make sure you have two folders reserved for mounting strange stuff.
One other thing, you must be root to mount these devices. Make sure you know how to do this BEFORE you attempt the following.
the command is mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/removable
the command is mount -t auto /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
the command is mount -t vfat /dev/hde1 /mnt/removable
If the above don't work for you try this:
plug in the device you want to use and then type the following in the Command Line Interface
dmesg > (wherever you want it).txt
The above will post a text file with a read out of your machine. Open this file with whatever text editor you like. Look for hda. This is your regular hard drive. You should then see a list of partitions labeled hda1, hda2, etc...
hda1 is probably your Windows "C" drive.
Now do the same thing for your USB drive, this time looking for sda, and then sda1.
Once you've located that try looking for hde if you have a PCMCIA drive.
If you are unable to locate an sda or hde listing, you need more help than I can provide, but at least you will be able to tell others that you can't find those things and that might help them help you.