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Old 11-03-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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Question how to mount USB thumb drive in Knoppix?

I'm trying to use Knoppix to rescue the data on my wife's WinXP pro machine on which the boot sector is corrupted. I planned to copy her data over to a USB thumb drive, but don't know how to mount it. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 11-03-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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I think you can also use Damn-small-linux.

That also has ability to boot computer up from usb.
They do have an image for usb you just
a)copy it on usb
b)change you computer boot sequence to look at usb first.(not all computers have that ability)

Or Get their cd-rom image(Live Cd). Boot up from cd-rom then copy data to where ever you want.

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Old 11-03-2007, 07:52 PM   #3
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1) Boot with Knoppix, connect the usb and wait if it automounts it.(not sure if it will)

2) If it does, you will find the drive on the desktop, just start copying whatever you want.

3) If not, then you have to manually mount it. Create somefolder on a convenient place like desktop. Open terminal and mount it.
#sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sd* somefolder
Here sd* is the location of your usb drive, say if you have 3 partitions namely C, D and E, this becomes the last partition. To see it
#sudo /sbin/fdisk -l or just #fdisk -l   << here it is alphabet 'l', not no 1.
Typically C,D,E will be like sda1, sda2 and sda3. But your usb drive should be sdb because it is considered a 2nd hard disk.

4) Then start copying to the somefolder on your desktop.

5) Once finished, just umount it.
#sudo umount /dev/sd*
That's it, you're done. Cheers
Old 03-31-2009, 08:34 PM   #4
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Question Similar XP Issue

I have a similar issue. I am trying to get access to a BSOD XP machine that is okay physically but won't load XP. I just need to be able to rename one file (I think) to allow it to boot. I am running Knoppix on a RAM disk. What would the terminal command be to allow me access or to mount the drive so it is writable?

Alternatively, if I could copy one or more files off to a USB drive, I could limp along on a different machine. Priority One - rescue my completed tax return for Turbo Tax.

Thanks for any help.

John Kott


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