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Old 08-03-2006, 08:44 PM   #1
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How to see my D and E drives

In Windows I would just start up Windows Explorer and I could see my DVD (CD) drives, D and E. But that isn't the case in Linux. Do I have to mount them? Right now would I be able to use the burning software?

The main thing I want be able to do is access the drives in Konqueror in file manager mode. Can somebody please tell me precisely what I need to do.



PS I'm using SUSE 10.1 and KDE. The following is my current /etc/fstab file:

/dev/sda6 / reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/sda7 /home reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/sda1 /windows/C ntfs ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=utf8 0 0
/dev/sda2 /windows/D vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0
/dev/sda3 /windows/E ntfs ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=utf8 0 0
/dev/sdd1 /windows/F vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0
/dev/sda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto noauto,user,sync 0 0

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Old 08-03-2006, 09:14 PM   #2
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If your CD/DVD is drive D in windows, I expect you'll find it at /mnt/cdrom

The other drives, depends where your distribution puts them (/media, for example).

Without knowing your exact distribution and what you're looking for (HD, CD, USB stick), it's hard to say any more.
Old 08-03-2006, 09:24 PM   #3
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You also should still be able to use the burning software. If you look in the kde control centre you should be able to specify what sort of 'drives' you want to be put on your desktop(as icons). If that would make them easy to find. There should be an option to show mounted and unmounted dvd/cd drives. I wish i could be more spacific but I'm on a mac at the moment and have no acces to kde. If you cant find it look at the docs for the control centre.

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Old 08-03-2006, 10:39 PM   #4
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If your distribution uses a recent KDE and kernel, the only thing that's necessary is to insert a disc and it will pop up with a window asking what you want to do with it (e.g. open it up in a new Konqueror window).

If you're using an Linux distribution with older versions of software, like Debian Stable, then you'll have to do something manually. If there are fstab entries already, all you'll need to do is right click on the desktop and create a new "device icon". Click on these, and KDE will mount/unmount the disc for you without you needing to type in a command.
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Seeing drives

So, in so many words I'm not going to be able to see my drives and whats on their media in a file browser. Thanks anyway.

Roy O'Neill
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SuSE 10.1 uses udev to detect and automatically mount a data or video DVD. There should be directory created in /media. It should have the same name as the label of the DVD or CDROM. You should see a dialog window pop up asking you what you want to do after inserting the disk. On of the options is to open the disk which will open the file manager.

Konqueror has a service that you can also use. Enter "media:/" in the address bar. It will show your partitions and any removable media such as a usb stick or DVD or CDROM disk.

If the DISC is unformated, then it won't be mounted. A DISC isn't mounted, it's the filesystem on the disk that is mounted. Therefore a blank disc can't be mounted, and a program such as K3B burns the disk by writing to the device.
Old 08-04-2006, 12:18 AM   #7
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Umm...I just explained one way to do it. How do you get from "this is how to do it" to "you can't do it"?

It seems you've updated your info and the Linux distribution you're using is a current one. I'm not familiar with SUSE in particular, but assuming it's using a recent version of KDE there should be several icon tabs on the left edge of Konqueror.

If you click on icon that looks like a computer, you open up the "System" tab (kind of like "My Computer" in Windows). From there, select "Storage Media" and it will show you all of the currently attached storage media (your local hard drives, any USB drives, any optical discs).


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