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Old 01-23-2006, 10:48 PM   #1
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how to use usb memory stick w/ knoppix

I've got a usb memory stick (FAT32 format) but I don't know how to access it. I'm using knoppix installed to the hard drive, and when I insert the stick, nothing seems to happen. I don't see any icons on the desktop for the usb stick or anything like that.

I want to use the stick to transfer files between my Linux laptop and windows xp desktop computer (if I can learn how to use Linux well enough then I'll install it on the desktop).

How do you access the usb stick using Linux? I'm assuming you can use such sticks with both Linux and Windows XP machines.

Old 01-23-2006, 10:51 PM   #2
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check in the /mnt folder

when i plug my usb stick in.. it's mounted as /mnt/LEXAR_MEDIA
Old 01-23-2006, 11:02 PM   #3
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if you plug in the drive, do <dmesg | tail> in a terminal window. Look what device linux gave to it. Make a directory in /mnt, like thumb or something to use for a mount point. You can put the drive in fstab with:

/dev/device /mnt/thumb msdos rw,user 0 0

in the fstab file, not at the terminal

Then mount it with:

mount /mnt/thumb


cd /mnt/thumb

and you are in the usb drive
Old 01-24-2006, 02:28 PM   #4
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When I plug in the usb stick, it does not show up in the /mnt folder.

When I entered <dmesg | tail> in the terminal, Linux called it uba1. I made a /uba1 directory in the /mnt folder.

What is an fstab file? How do I enter </dev/device /mnt/thumb msdos rw,user 0 0> into the fstab file?

Old 01-28-2006, 09:28 PM   #5
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you just use a text editor on the file "/etc/fstab". This file shows all the mountable thingies and then gives the system some information about how to handle it. and uba1 needs to replace the "device" in that line that you asked about.
Old 01-29-2006, 12:45 AM   #6
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can you mount it the same way in red hat? because I too have a smiliar problem


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