How to mount a USB thumbstick drive using Ubuntu Server

I recently upgraded the OS of my linux webserver from Debian Sarge to Ubuntu Server (6.10 - Edgy Eft) (the semi-automatic upgrade from Debian Sarge to Etch messed up my wireless network card and I thought I might as well start again with Ubuntu this time...).

As my server only has a wireless card for it's network access and because the card uses a Broadcom chipset I had no network access after the installation of Ubuntu.

I transferred the required network drivers to a USB thumbstick drive and plugged it into the back of my server. I also use Ubuntu in it's desktop form and that auto-mounts any USB devices that are plugged in. My server didn't so I had to mount it manually.

Normally with Linux you need to know all sorts of information about the drive's file system type that you are mounting - not with Ubuntu, this was all I had to do to get the contents of the USB drive accessible in the /mnt directory:

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank-You so much.... I've been having this trouble forever.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Andrew,
I've just installed U' server and have been messing with mount options for a while...

Anonymous said...

many thanx Andrew,an old ubuntu 6.10 installed on an old laptop for a friend...

works fine