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Old 01-08-2005, 06:38 AM   #1
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USB Pendrives

Your going to be sick and tired of me by the end of today. You know you love it really though. I have a USB pen drive that I am trying to negotiate into working with Fedora Core 3. The orange light flashes when I plug it into the USB port but it doesn't get mounted. Does it have to be mounted manually or have I missed something?
Old 01-08-2005, 06:43 AM   #2
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You need to mount it manually. Do a
mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mountpoint
. This assumes that you want to mount it in /mountpoint, and must create that directory. It also assumes that it is the only scsi hardrive connected to your computer, and it has the fat, or fat16, or fat32 filesystem. You can see start->systemtools->hardware browser for all the specifications.
Old 01-08-2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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mount -t msdos for fat16, vfat is for fat32. Actually, you can probably skip the -t option, as mount _usually_ can figure it out for itself.
Old 01-08-2005, 02:28 PM   #4
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I do not use fedora, but I know that in mandrake 9 you mount it at least partially by yourself. For example, when i put my USB drive in, an icon will show up (/dev/sda1/). However, I still have to click it, and when I do, Mandrake creates a temporary mount point /mnt/removable and mounts it for me. Do you have such capabilities?
Old 01-08-2005, 03:16 PM   #5
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try /dev/sda

Too see what's really in the device use the command ' "dmesg | grep remov '

and mount that using the mount command
remember to unmount it before physically removing the pen drive
Old 01-08-2005, 05:19 PM   #6
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mount /dev/sda1 /where/ever/you/want

Need to be root.

Then, when done:

umount /dev/sda1
Old 01-08-2005, 05:41 PM   #7
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Usefull to know what is the problem :
- unplug your pendrive
- in a console, as root, type :
tail -f /var/log/messages
- plug your pendrive and observe the messages in the console ; if there's an error, it will probably be printed here


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