Acessing external hard disk and flash card reader

Lai Zit Seng lzs at
Thu Jan 20 10:50:04 UTC 2005

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005, Sheo S Prasad wrote:

> From the hardware information (/etc/sysconfig/hwconf or Infocenter) I see 
> that  peripherals external disk, flashcard and printer are recognized. 
> However, neither the /etc/fstab nor the /etc/mtab has any mention of the hard 
> drive and the flash crad.
> The operating system let me configure printer. BUT I am unable to find a way 
> to mount or use either the external hard drive or the flash card. I have 
> spent one and a half day but cannot figure out what to do.

Look at your boot up messages. Since you mention that the external hard 
drive was recognized, it should probably say something about what device 
name was assigned to it. USB disks and CF cards tend to appear as SCSI 
drives, so you should see something like sda or sdb etc. You can try to 
mount them with a command like, say, 'mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbdisk' etc 
(make sure a directory /mnt/usbdisk exists for this example).


Lai Zit Seng
Email: lzs at

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