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Old 02-28-2005, 11:15 AM   #1
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Having problems in Mandrake Move

One of the Live distros I've been trying out has been Mandrake Move. Now there is no icon for my zip drive or my USB external hard drive on the desktop so that's really what I want to be able to do, click on a desktop icon and be able to access my drives. Now someone on another site gave me some instructions about how to create a folder or directory called zipdrive. So after typing cd /mnt and then typing ls I was able to list the contents of the folder. There was nothing that said zipdrive so I created a folder called zipdrive by typing mkdir /mnt/zipdrive. I then double checked to see if in fact the new folder was created by typing ls /mnt. It was. Then he told me how to tell Linux to mount the zip drive by typing mount -t auto /dev/sda1 /mnt/zipdrive. When I did that I realized that I was actually looking at the contents of my USB drive, not my zip drive. Now why that is I don't know but maybe sda1 refers to a USB drive not a zip drive(although I've read many times that a zip drive is sda1 or sda4). So after trying a few different Live CD's I reloaded the Mandrake Move CD and went through the exact same steps to get access to my USB drive, but this time after I issued the mount command it said this:

mount: special device/dev/sda1 does not exist

Well I can't figure why it worked the first time but now it's not working. My plan was to try to use different designators(like sda2, sda4 etc.) and see if I can access my zip drive. But for some reason I can't even access my USB drive like I initially did. And another thing, in the Control Center under Hardware it lists zip and then next to it it says hdb4. So I tried using the hdb4 in the mount command and it says "special device /dev/hdb1 does not exist". I also tried typing mount -t auto /dev/hdb1 /mnt/zip and I heard the disk spin but then it says "permission denied." The reason I tried /mnt/zip was for some odd reason there becomes a folder listed called /zip in addition to the folder I created called /zipdrive.

So if anyone can offer some help that would be good. And remember I'm completely new to this so keep it clear please.

Last edited by 357mag; 02-28-2005 at 11:27 AM.
Old 02-28-2005, 11:47 AM   #2
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Wait a minute. It works. I typed mount -t auto /dev/hdb4 /mnt/zipdrive and it gave a message saying /dev/hdb4 was already mounted or busy so then I typed ls /mnt/zipdrive and then it listed the contents of my zip disk. Of course the question now is:

1. What do I type in the /etc/fstab file?
2. How do I go about creating a desktop icon for the zip drive so when I click it I can access it's contents?


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