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Old 02-15-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Smile Copying files from Fedora to a usb flash drive?

I am in a Linux/Unix beginners class, and the text book we are using has me create files to use with the commands throughout the chapters. So what I need to know is how to copy files to a usb flash drive, so I can transfer files from home to school.

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Old 02-15-2012, 08:48 AM   #2
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if you are running any type of GUI you can use the automount tools that will pop up and then just copy/paste the file from your HDD to the flash drive.

to do it from the CLI is a bit more complicated:

$ su -
# mkdir /mnt/usb     <call it what ever you want>
# chmod -R 4777 /mnt/usb
# tail -f /var/log/messages    <now plug in the flash drive and look for the drive letter,  example sdb>
# vi /etc/fstab  <add a line that looks something like the below>
# /dev/sdb1 <what ever the drive letter is in dmesg> /mnt/usb       auto      noauto,users,rw  0 0
# fdisk /dev/sdb  <again what ever the drive letter is from dmesg>
     d    <this will delete all partitions on the drive>
     n    <create a new partition>
     p    <you want a primary partition>
     1    <or how ever many partitions you want>
     w    <write the partition and exit>
# mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdb1   <again what ever drive letter from dmesg>
# mount /mnt/usb
# chmod -R 4777 /mnt/usb
# umount /mnt/usb
# visudo
   <find your user name and at the end add the following after a , >
  /bin/mount /mnt/usb, /bin/umount /mnt/usb       <this will allow the USER to mount and umount the drive>
# exit
$ mount /mnt/usb
$ touch /mnt/usb/test
If the above works, you are golden and can then just cp or mv files around in the CLI like you would under normal situations. KEEP IN MIND that MS Windows will no longer be able to read this device if you format it in ext3 unless you install a 3rd party app that allows MS Windows to (read only) the drive.

If you need to use this device on both MS Windows and Linux, leave it formatted FAT32. Then you would mount it as either -t vfat or -t fat.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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for the current fedora 16 there are no commands needed .
nor have there been any needed for a while now.

plug in the usb drive and Gnome will auto mount it to /media
as /media/???( the device name)
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That worked great thank you


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