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Old 03-18-2007, 06:10 PM   #1
jonrpick
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How do I mount a USB key using a Live CD?


Hi...

I'm using Damn Small Linux on a Live CD to do some file recovery from an old hard drive. The drive has XP and is unbootable, but I want to recover some pictures from it.

I can't seem to mount my USB drive in such a way that I can actually write to it.

I don't know what info to provide. I can "sudo mount /dev/sda1" and it seems successful. When I type "mount" from the command line it shows /dev/sda1 as being mounted to /mnt/sda1.

Yet it's inaccessible. And if I try to umount it, it says /dev/sda1 isn't mounted at all!

Please assist...

Thanks,

~jp
 
Old 03-18-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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Depending on what the file system is will determine the difficulty of recovery. If the Windows pc is NTFS or the USB drive is NTFS or both you will need support for read/write of NTFS and I don't know or recall DSL having that ability.

I do know that Knoppix LiveCD 5.1.1 has that ability using the "ntfs-3g driver" as I recovered some data(about 4GB) from a friends laptop recently. It mounted from the desktop both the Windows drive and my usb drive I was recovering to.

I have used DSL for file transfer from and to FAT partitioned drives though.
 
Old 03-18-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jonrpick
Hi...

I can "sudo mount /dev/sda1" and it seems successful. When I type "mount" from the command line it shows /dev/sda1 as being mounted to /mnt/sda1.

Yet it's inaccessible. And if I try to umount it, it says /dev/sda1 isn't mounted at all!

~jp
have you tried to create a file as root to see if it's your user account vs failed mount?
"sudo touch testfile.tmp"
or
"su root", then accessing the drive. with this option you may need to "sudo passwd root" first to change root's password so you know it.

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