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Old 10-24-2007, 03:49 PM   #1
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Question can't mount usb stick

Hi , i'm trying to mv some files from my usb stick to my debian 4.0.1 server
but when i stick it in ,nothing happens , i do a lsmod , one usb module is loaded, but i guess i need the usb_storage module ,i don't know if it's in the kernel , i use the kernel i got with the install, i can't modprobe ,do i ap-get install modprobe ,i'll try it now to start

thnx a not so noob noob
Old 10-24-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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What did you expect to happen, exactly? Unless you are in X (and even then, a Desktop Environment that automatically mounts/displays devices) nothing is going to happen when you plug in a USB drive.

You need to mount the device to the filesystem before you can get access to it.

Something like:

mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
You will need to create the /mnt/usb directory (or mount it to a directory that does exist) and might need to adjust the device node, depending on your system's configuration.
Old 10-24-2007, 05:20 PM   #3
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to what MS3FGX said, i would add that you should first do
fdisk -l
as root. This will tell what disks of any kind are attached and recognized by your system. After that you can do the previously mentioned mount command using the /dev location specified by fdisk.

the simple program usbmount can be used to automatically mount usb drives. other more sophisticated auto-mounting programs exist on the feature-full window managers like gnome, but usbmount is simple and minimal (personally, that's the way I think things ought to be).

Old 10-24-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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ok, what i aspected , I wasn't thinking on automatically mounting the usb , i tried using mount , but i'm a semi noob sort of speaking
is that also the case with my floppy drive
I guess also then, i'm getting an "Error data CRC error:track 0,head 1,sector 2, must specify a filesystem

well about nodes ,i started reading ,but am busy learning 10 things at a time ,so i'm trying to "digest" it all

i'll try the suggestions/advice and thnx MS3FGX & andrews-mark
Old 10-24-2007, 07:07 PM   #5
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try follow this steps: How to mount usb in linux
let me know if it helped..
Old 10-26-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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well , i installed usbmount,but nothing, the usb ports are detected, but not the sticks, maybe kernel module issue and, but this is an old box so the usb was added and sometimes fails (with dsl and other os) it's something else , what's the other command to modprobe , I have a Debian Etch netinstall
it doesn't show up in fdisk -l , so no luck there,

i'll just have to upload the files , but that's what i'm busy learning now, and my fast-rookie-noob alternative is boot livecd do what i heve to do (basiccally adding the new website files in /www, hahaha)
and reboot in Debian Etch

I can however use the cdrom too

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