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Old 09-09-2006, 02:23 PM   #1
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How to write to automatically mounted removable media

I have FC-5 and use KDE.

In this case the "automatically mounted removable media" is a multi card reader. One of the slots is for SD cards. I keep an SD card in that slot and when I start up FC-5 it (I assume) automatically mounts it. I assume this because FC-5 puts an icon for "Removable Media" on the desktop. And then when I click on that icon, up comes a copy of Konqueror showing the contents of that card. It doesn't show up on a file manager, (that's another question, how can I mount it so it shows up on a file manager?). I can read from it but I don't know how to, or even whether I can, write to it. Can somebody please tell me if and how I can write to it?


Old 09-09-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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If the drive was successfully mounted, and an icon in created on your desktop, then you should be able to read and write to it the same way you would any other storage device. And Konqueror *is* a file manager, so you should be able to create and edit files on the drive through Konqueror.
Old 09-19-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat and just logged on here to see if anyone had an answer. I have found that if I logon as root, umount the device, then mount it again and specify "-t vfat" I can write to the disk as root. I have not figured out how to do this as a user or have it happen automatically yet. Maybe something in the fstab??

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I did some more homework on the subject. Some cards work, some don't. I inserted one that would not mount RW and checked dmesg. found this:

fat_get_cluster: invalid cluster chain (i_pos 0)

A quick google search turned up someone with a similar problem. The Card has been damaged, possibly by unmounting (or removing from another device) while still in use. The solution was to run:

fsck.vfat -tvr /dev/sdXX

where sdXX is the device in question when you mount it. You will need to do this as root. After doing so, unmount the device (card), then reinsert it. It should mont as rw. Mine did.



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