Quoting Marek McGann (m.mcgann at sussex.ac.uk):
> Picked up a nice new Philips "wearable audio" mp3 key, but having a
> nightmare trying to mount it under Mandrake 10.0.
>> mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
>> either hangs (there's no output and the process can't be killed) or
> reports that /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device. [...]
> Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
> scsi0 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
> Vendor: PHILIPS Model: Key Ring (128MB) Rev: 0001
> Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
> SCSI device sda: 256001 512-byte hdwr sectors (131 MB)
> sda: assuming Write Enabled
> sda: assuming drive cache: write through
> /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0:end_request: I/O error, dev sda,
> sector 256000
> Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 256000
There are a lot of dodgy USB flash drives, _but_ one possibility you might
consider is that it might identify itself as a (floppy-like) ATAPI
Removable Media Device (ARMD), in which case the filesystem (partition)
on it would be mountable as /dev/sda, rather than /dev/sda1 (which is
appropriate for devices that identify themselves as hard drive-like
entities). Give that a try:
# mount -t vfat /dev/sda /mnt/usb
You might find other useful tips in my _Linux Journal_ article. See:
"USB Flash Drives" on http://linuxmafia.com/kb/Hardware/
It turned out that one of my _own_ flash drives is an ARMD. I write
about that in the article.
Rick Moen Age, baro, fac ut gaudeam.
rick at linuxmafia.com
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