usb stick doesn't mount
kassube at gmx.net
Fri Oct 3 20:20:05 UTC 2008
Robert Holtzman wrote:
> After automounting for months suddenly it refuses to mount when
> inserted. The hard drive light flashes briefly as it always has but
> nothing further happens. It doesn't appear to be a hardware problem
> because it automounts in Fedora and Debian which I also have installed.
> Is there a manual method to mount it? There is nothing in mtab about
> it that the system can read so I'm at a loss.
While I can't help you with the automount problem, here is one way to
manually mount the drive. In a terminal enter the command
tail -f -n0 /var/log/messages
and then insert the USB stick. There should be several lines displayed.
The end should look similar to this (I left away the first part of each
line with time stamps etc.):
| sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
| sdb: sdb1
The last line tells you that the device has one partition "sdb1". It may
be a different device name for your USB stick. Now you can hit CTRL-C to
stop the tail command and enter these commands:
sudo mkdir /media/sdb1
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1
For both commands replace the "sdb1" part with the partition name of your
USB stick. Finally _before_ you unplug the USB stick use the command
sudo umount /media/sdb1
and _wait_ until you see the shell prompt again, i.e. until any data are
written to the device.
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