Finding /dev entry of USB disk

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Mon Oct 13 16:21:01 UTC 2008

2008/10/13 Bo Grimes <boslists at>:
> On Mon, 13 Oct 2008, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> On Kubuntu 8.04 (KDE 3.x) I have a USB disk that I need to format. How
>> can I figure out where it is in /dev, in order to format it? In
>> Konqueror it is listed as system:/media/sdc1 but there is no /dev/sdc*
> This may not help, but I'm going to just thow it out there in case it
> does.  I'm sure there are easier solutions, but I don't know them.
> Once before I had broadband at home (got it just two weeks ago, yea!) I
> downloaded a DVD ISO of Mandravia at work.  I didn't have a DVD burner at
> work, so I was going to bring it home.  I tried to copy it over to an 8
> gig usb drive, but it wouldn't.
> In researching it I found out that FAT32 couldm't handle a single file
> that big, and most usb drive are FAT32, I think, or something close.
> OK, to the point.  I needed to change the partition on the USB drive, and
> I did so with the live version of GParted.
> I changed it to NTFS, I think, because I had to burn on a Vista system as
> I was going to install Mandravia on a fresh drive and had no Linux tools.
> So, long story short, even though I am sure there are better ways, I think
> that if you burned a CD of GParted Live and booted from it with your usb
> drive plugged in that you would be able to use it to not only format the
> drive but put whatever file system you wanted on it.
> Sorry if this long story proves pointless and unuseful.

Thanks for the link to Gparted Live. That is getting added to my toolbox!

Dotan Cohen


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