Help needed with SanDisk CRUZER memory stick

Jim Cornette jim-cornette at
Wed Dec 24 14:04:37 UTC 2003

Caleb Rodriguez wrote:

>Thank you that kind of seemed to work for me as well. The only catch is
>that only root can mount the drive which i should be able to change the
>When I do attempt to mount the drive I get the following:
>root at localhost etc]# mount /dev/sda1
>mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device
>Can you help me with this please?
>Thank you

I got the following from reading "man mount". I changed it a bit to 
match the /dev/sda1 device.

   (iii) Normally, only the superuser can mount  file  systems.   However,
       when  fstab  contains the user option on a line, then anybody can 
       the corresponding system.
       Thus, given a line
              /dev/sda1  /mnt/memstick  vfat  rw,user,noauto,unhide 0 0
       any user can mount the vfat file system found on his memorystick 
using the
              mount /dev/sda1
              mount /mnt/memstick
       For  more details, see fstab(5).

I have always used root to deal with my vfat filesystem transfers. I 
assume that the user option, instead of the owner option, will allow any 
user to mount and transfer ifo to the flash stick.

A google search might give you a better and easier to understand "how 
to" for mounting vfat devices as user controlled devices.


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