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Old 07-19-2004, 08:13 PM   #1
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Need help using a USB drive in Knoppix

Okay, let me start off saying that I am brand new to Linux and will need detailed instructions to aid in my problem. I am booting to a Knoppix STD cd rom and come up to what I believe is a KDE environment. I would like to copy some files from my hard drive to my USB thumb drive. On the desktop I can see my hard drive, cd-rom, and floppy but I have no idea how to access my USB drive. I don't see it anywhere and don't know Linux enough to navigat through and find it. It is a PNY Attache 256MB drive. Also, when I even try to copy a file from one directory to another on the hard drive it says I don't have permission or access. I am very Windows Savvy, but have no idea what I am doing when it comes to Linux. I am sure there is nothing wrong, I simply don't know what I am doing. You are going to have to tell me from step 1 like I am an idiot. Your help would be very appreciated and put an end to my frustration.

Thanks for any help in advence,
Ryan (Orange Sunshine)

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Old 07-19-2004, 11:28 PM   #2
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If it's recognized in knoppix there will be a icon on your destop for it labled /dev/sdax where 'x' will be a number usually sda1. Also, knoppix mounts all filesystems read only by default. You can work around that but you should never try to write to an NTFS partition; FAT32 is OK to write to.

to get around this problem, open a console and type the following commands:

$ su
<press Enter key>
# umount /mnt/hdxx
# mount /mnt/hdxx
# konqueror

That will bring up the file manager, konqueror with root privileges. The "xx" should correspond to the partition that you want to write to. You will then be able to write to that partition.
Old 07-20-2004, 10:26 AM   #3
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Try doing this command in the terminal:
cat /proc/scsi/scsi
Post the output here.
Old 07-21-2004, 12:27 AM   #4
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Thanks for all your help guys. I downloaded another version of Knoppix and it recognized it fine. I think it may have something to do with my other system having two hard drives too.

Thanks again,
Ryan (Orange Sunshine)


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