Mounting A USB Flash Drive At The Linux Command Line

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USB flash drives are great for moving files on and off of a linux server, but how do you do it? This quick tutorial shows you how easy it is!

22 Comments

  1. Hello, I was able to make the directory however when I try to mount
    using the command you're using the file folder in the directory has an X
    on it and when I click on it…it says I don't have permission. How an I
    fix this issue? Also, do I always have to mount my USB with a certain
    command to access it? If so, what is that command? or can I have it
    automatically mounted once plugged into USB drive.. which command would I
    use for that? Any suggestion would be helpful. Thank you for your time
    with this matter.

  2. what if i booted up to a Live CD and mounted the flash drive(/dev/sdb) to /MNT?
    i think i tried to list the files from /mnt/usb too, but that gave a lot of jibberish, so i'm not even sure what that was… never tried /mnt/usb1 i think …. but that is actually the place for an external USB drive?

    thanks for mentioning that…
    not :<

  3. hi ! If i am copying a file from my hard disk to usb(say flash drive).After copying the file into my usb, if i would like to know what all files i have copied to usb without inserting the flash drive. what is the procedure to do it on Linux platform????? please give your response to my email: premshiva1990@mail.com

  4. in opensuse 11.4 I have mkdir /mnt/sda1 mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
    I did not add anything in /etc/fstab
    then ownership , copy some files into /mnt/sda1
    remove the USB, go back to /mnt/sda1. There are still files in /mnt/sda1, why? it supposed can't see /mnt/sda1.

  5. hello, I have unbreakable linux on VB on my w7 and my usb drive has ntfs format it cannot be mounted, I am trying to install the ntfs-3g but I can't please help!!

  6. @TechAnvil
    am using virtual pc on my windows 7 partion on my mac and i am
    having a problem with ubuntu recognizing my flashdrive.
    Now is it because it is not mounted?
    AM new to linux but wont to know more about it.
    Is there any ideas or website that can help me with the problem
    Thanks much!!!

  7. @TechAnvil
    am using virtual pc on my windows 7 partion on my mac and i am
    having a problem with ubuntu recognizing my flashdrive.
    Now is it because it is not mounted?
    AM new to linux but wont to know more about it.
    Is there any ideas or website that can help me with the problem
    Thanks much!!!

  8. Or even sudo.
    If it's a *server* we're talking about, it's probably much easier to use an sftp program to transfer the files. (Of course, the sftp method works for networked clients as well)
    It should also noted that the directory can be created at any place in the directory structure.

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