Linux – My Linux Mint doesn’t support the USB flash drive properly


I installed Linux Mint on my Dell Latitude D600 and I am having problems with the USB port. When I insert a USB flash drive or an external USB hard drive into the USB ports the USB device light turns on but Mint does not detect the USB device.

The USB drive used to work but all the sudden it stopped working. Any idea how to fix this?

Best Answer

  • This could be an /etc/fstab issue.

    Run dmesg after plugging the device. You will get something like the following:

    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] 8028160 512-byte logical blocks: (4.11 GB/3.82 GiB)
    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00
    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
    sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk

    The value in the brackets is the device. For the answer's purposes, I will use sdc. Yours may be different.

    Go to the /mnt directory and run mkdir usb

    Then, run su -c "nano /etc/fstab" and add a line like this:

    /dev/sdc    /mnt/usb  auto user 0 0


    Reboot and you should be able to find the device in your file manager and mount it as any user, with read-write access under the directory /mnt/usb.

    This is my solution for a distro without an automounter (Zenwalk). You may have a problem with your automounter, and that is a different can of worms.

    Also, kernel version (ie uname -r) and file manager may affect this.

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