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I should mention that, like any removeable media (floppies, et cetera), you should always "umount" before removing the media -- this allows linux to write any changes and happily (and safely) prepare the device/media for removal.
Thanks for the tips.
I'm afraid I need more explanations though.
Here's what I have:
The first time I plugged in the usb drive, an icon "Hard Disc" appeared on KDE desktop.
When I removed the pen, the icon disappeared.
Today, after reading your posts, I turned on Mandrake (10.0) and the icon was there, even though the pen was not plugged in. Fine with me, no harm in having an extra icon.
The description upon moving the mouse on top of it is: Mounted hard disk partition.
I plugged the device in.
If I right-click on it I have 2 options: Open or Properties.
When I open, the "location" is /mnt/removable.
In Properties, it tells me "devcsihost0bus0target0lun0part1mntremovable".
In short, it's all very confusing.
Is it removable and can I remove it freely?
or maybe I should only remove it when the computer if off (which really would cancel the whole point of such portable drive).
There's no visible option to unmount it!!
How do I do that? Thanks in advance for your input
PS I tried gnome and it's the same: no obvious "unmounting" procedure.
I admit, with my USB jumpdrive, I usually just plug it in, wait for it to be mounted, use it, then unplug it. Udev seems to handle that just fine. I don't remember if udev was used in 10.0 or not, though. That might still use devfs.
although i've successfully unmounted my usb flash drive from my fedora 6,
the LED of USB drive still light. Is it really safe to remove and no damage to usb drive ?
because in windows 2000 and xp, when i safely remove, the led go off.