Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mounting External Drives

Manually Mount a USB Drive

A USB storage device plugged into the system usually mounts automatically, but if for some reasons it doesn't automount, it's possible to manually mount it with these steps. Albeit there are many different ways to accomplish this. At the terminal as root, type:
     fdisk -l

This will give you information concerning the name of the usb device "/dev/sdx", also the type of filesystem format (ext3, ext4, hpfs/ntfs, etc.). You can the use the mount command or pmount. When using mount you must create a directory to mount the drive to.
     mkdir /mnt/usb_drv
     mount /dev/sdxx /mnt/usb_drv 
     pmount /dev/sdxx /media/usb_drv

pmount will create a temporary directory /media/sdxx and mount the drive to that dir.

To double check, the command:

     df -T

will give you information on all mounted drives.

When your finished with the drive:

     umount /dev/sdxx

which will unmount the drive and if you've used pmount to mount the drive the temporary directory will be removed. 

On a Sorry Note, but a Light at the End.

Recently we've had triple the number of young ones attending our community center. Because of space considerations we've had to turn away or put some on a waiting list. Another problem has been our equipment has been failing (donations from people upgrading to newer machines), so we've been having them double-up on the desktops.

On the bright side we have a neighbor who works with discarded equipment who has promised us 10 netbooks which should be here in about a month. Also our volunteer instructors are donating some of their older stuff.