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Old 02-18-2006, 08:22 AM   #1
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Flash memory and External HD doesnt show up in knoppix !


when i plug my flash memory, and my external HD on my laptop, it don't respond. it have light on it and it doesnt work.

i have two partitions on my internal HD. XP and Fedora. hda1 , hda2.

i tried mount -t ntfs /dev/hdb1 /mnt
mount -t msdos /dev/sda1 /mnt

but nothing happen , its say bad superblock.

how can i know what /dev is used by the flash memory and the external HD, and mount them.

also for the NTFS file system , i read that knoppix have captive on it. i use the latest version of knoppix and i cant found it on it !

thankx alote

sorry for my English
Old 02-21-2006, 05:24 PM   #2
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The flash memory and external HD work in Windows? What version of fedora and what kernel(uname -r)? If fedora uses hotplug and udev or hal and dbus your drives should be recognized. You should mkdir /flash and mkdir /usbhd or similar. Flash memory will probably use fat32 or fat by default and similarly the ext HD would use fat32 to be compatible with windows and linux.Check out LQ tutorial USB Card Reader Howto for easy guide which applies to usb mass storage and some cameras too.
You should read-only the ntfs partions under linux ;but if you dare you will need latest kernel(2.6.15x) and make sure the ntfs partions are defragged under windows before writing or erasing under linux. Knoppix(0.4?) forum I'm sure can help with captive issue. Enjoy your lappy
Old 02-22-2006, 01:04 AM   #3
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hi lestiol,
i use fedora4 kernel 2.6.11-1.1369 , its work fine with me on fedora and FreeBSD,

i use on my fedora to read NTFS, but i read that knoppix 2.4 have captive on it for recovery issues.

i think the problem is from hotplug. i will read LQ USB.

thankx alote lestiol


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