Unable to open usb drive in ubuntu

Steve Flynn anothermindbomb at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 12:22:24 UTC 2011

On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 1:15 PM, Amrit Pal Pathak <amritpalpathak1 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM, Steve Flynn <anothermindbomb at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM, Amrit Pal Pathak <
>> amritpalpathak1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> My usb being open in windows but in linux (ubuntu),system shows it but
>>> when i click on it to open,it doesn't open.If i directly try to copy its
>>> contents ,it gives the error
>>> "There was an error copying the file into /home/amrit/Desktop"
>>> "Can't open mountable file"
>> Post the output of you trying to mount it in a shell / terminal
>> I didn't mount it through terminal.Because i am unable to find it where
>> e.g /dev/sda(?).I just connected it to my system.Even after connecting it is
>> not using it at the desktop as a icon.I had to go in Places=>Computer to see
>> it.
I know - this is why I asked you to *try* to mount it through the terminal -
you'll get to see any error messages which might assist you (and us) in
determining what the problem is.

Try this.

Plug the USB stick in. Hopefully you'll see the access light on the stick,
if it has one, blink a few times.
Open the terminal
type 'mount'

post the complete output along with the last couple of hundred lines of your
syslog (all we're interested in here is what the syslog emits when you
insert this drive - we don't need to see thousands of lines of your machine
booting up). Put this onto pastebin and post a link to it.

> Could it be because of virues?
Astonishingly unlikely.


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