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Mateen Dar
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hi .. i have a usb 128mb flash drive. how can i use it under red hat linux using the gnome desktop manager
 
Tim Holloway
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It depends on the release. I'm told that under FC3, if you plug it in, the new HAL component will be used to automount it - I think it shows up under /media.

Under older systems you either have to mount it manually. Usually a thumb drive will show up as /dev/sda1, assuming it's a recent model and nothing else aleady lived at sda1. When in doubt, look at /var/log/messages; the insertion event will be logged there.

Don't forget, Linux devices *MUST* be unmounted before you unplug them (well, so do Windows ones these days). On a GUI workbench, a displayed mount will usually have an "unmount" or "eject" menu option. Or you can unmount from the command line in the usual way.

One gotcha: Nautilus wasn't deleting files from my thumb drive on RH9; it was moving them to a trashcan folder on it. So if the drive fills up, you have to empty the trash.
 
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