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Make sure you have a mount point created that you can use. Example, same as above:
And then try this:
mount /dev/sdb /mnt/usb
This should work, but only temporarily. To make it "permanent" you will need to add a line to your /etc/fstab file. I can't guaranty that the drive will always remain /dev/sdb. You may need to check every now and again. After you're through, though it probably doesn't matter, it is a good idea to unmount the volume:
If you read his "cat /proc/partitions" list you will see that sdb is listed, but sdb1 is not. It is not partitioned, nor does it necisarilly need to be. You can treat an entire drive as one big partition. This is rare, but not that unusual.
The "-t auto" is assumed by default. If you don't tell mount what file system the volume has, it knows to automatically detect it.
A good question to ask might be, is it formated? I'd be surprised if it wasn't. Have you used it on another system?
If it hangs, you should be able to ctrl+c to terminate the process. You might want to let it sit for a minute or two to see if it will give you an error message. Then you should check "tail dmesg" to see the last few system messages. This might reveal why it isn't mounting. You can also check "tail /var/log/messages".
By the way, just to verify that we're dealing with the correct device: try doing a "cat /proc/partitions", and then pull out the drive and do it again. The sdb should disappear if it really is the USB drive.