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Old 12-13-2004, 07:24 PM   #1
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How to access usb mass storage ?

I have Kingston data traveller 2.0, its a usb mass flash disk, i am using Redhat 9 but i can't access the flash disk.

Do i have to install a driver for the flash disk ?
& how to mount it ?
Old 12-13-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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running Slackware10, I use this:

To Mount:

mkdir /mnt/usb
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb

(you can now access it by cd /mnt/usb)

To Remove:

umount /mnt/usb

Hope this helps.
*Edit* You only have to mkdir once

Last edited by ddu_; 12-13-2004 at 08:17 PM.
Old 12-13-2004, 08:18 PM   #3
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I have the same kingston datatraveller and I could never get it to mount in redhat 9.0. It appears as a hardware device but never managed to access it. I have recently upgraded all but one of my Redhat boxes to Suse 9.1 pro and the data traveller mounts as a hotmount automatically when I plug it in. Suse has a lot of
other functionality after the initial pain of the changeover. Sorry couldn't be of more help.
Old 12-13-2004, 08:26 PM   #4
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Did you try what I posted?
Old 12-13-2004, 08:28 PM   #5
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Mine is not the best way, but it works for me. I assume you are only adding one usb stick. I assume your usb stick is a FAT16 or FAT32 format. Here goes:

1. Log in as Root.

2. Click on Root'sHome icon, and navigate up the computer's file tree until you get to just "/" (without the quotes)

3. Look at the folders. Among all the folders you see, you will see one labeled "etc" and one labeled "mnt" (again, no quote marks)

3. Open the MNT folder and add a subfolder in it labeled usb1

4. Close that window.

5. Insert your thumb drive into the usb port

6. open your system tools and select hardware browser (click on the red hat at the bottom left of the screen to get to system tools)

7. Select hard drives as the hardware to review.

8. You should see a display on the right-hand side. One bar will show your hard drive and have a label of: Drive:/dev/hdd1 or something similar Below that you should see another for your jump drive, and it may be labeled Drive:/dev/sda1 -- whatever it is, write it down (the /dev/<whatever>)

9. Close the window.

10. Open your accessories (again, the red hat) and select text editor.

11. In text editor, navigate up, again, to "/" (ignore quote marks)

12. Click on the ETC folder.

13. A box should open up with two windows, in one will be a list of subfolders in ETC and the other will be a list of files in ETC (in my Redhat 9, the files are in the right-hand window and the subfolders are in the left-hand window).

14. Look in the files side, and find a file named (ignore the quotes) "FSTAB" Note that you may also have a file named FSTAB.REVOKED and perhaps even a file named FSTAB~ -- IGNORE those two files. you want just the file named FSTAB

15. Open FSTAB and put your cursor at the very end of the file, and click. Let there be nothing after the place where you just clicked.

16. On its own line (so you may have to hit the "enter" key) type the following (without the quotes)
"/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb1 auto user,noauto,unmask=0 0 0"

17 Save file and exit text editor

18. Shut down computer, remove thumb drive from usb port, and restart computer

19. Log in as a regular user

20. Insert your jump drive into the usb port again

21. Right-click on your screen and see if, selecting "DISK" from the resulting pop-up, you can select USB1 and if you do, does an icon for the thumb drive show up.

22. Wait for somebnody who really knows what they are doing to respond to your post, because I'm sure what I wrote is crude trash compared to some elegant solutions.
Old 12-14-2004, 01:25 AM   #6
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This question has been asked many times though. But never mind. Take a look at my small guides:

Just welcome to the world of linux.

But in simple words:

1. You have kingston 2.0. That's mean it is /dev/sda.
2. Open up terminal window.
3. Type 'su -'
4. Type 'nautilus --no-desktop'
5. Go to /mnt directory.
6. Make a new folder, namely "myusb".
7. Go to /etc/directory.
8. Look for "fstab" file.
9. Open with "gedit"
10. Add the following line to the end of the file:

/dev/sda                /mnt/myusb               auto    user,sync,noauto,umask=0000 0 0
11. To be sure, type 'tail -f /var/log/messages', plugin the drive and see the output of the command.
12. As normal user, type 'usermount' in command line (or in gnome the run box). You'll see the line you added earlier. Mount it.
13. Now as normal user, open the file browser and browse to /mnt/myusb.
14. If you want to unmount, using usermount, just unmount it.

Last edited by chii-chan; 12-14-2004 at 01:37 AM.
Old 12-14-2004, 09:33 PM   #7
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Did you try what I posted?
Thank's DDU_ its working.

And thank you guys for the replies, linux is complicated, isn't it.
Old 12-17-2004, 10:03 PM   #8
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I have a similar problem but with a Sony DVD/cd-rw/mp3 player drive.
Anyone got a clue how to mount this thing ?


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