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Hi all Im using Suse Linux 10.1 and recently purchased a Kingston Data Traveller 2GB USB memory stick. Straight out of the box it worked fine in Suse, after plugging ...
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- 11-24-2006 #1
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- Aug 2004
USB memory stick woes
Im using Suse Linux 10.1 and recently purchased a Kingston Data Traveller 2GB USB memory stick. Straight out of the box it worked fine in Suse, after plugging it in it would be automounted and a USB device icon would appear on the desktop. Great. At work, however, I use Debian Sarge and the USB stick would not work with it at all, after trying many things I decided to repartition the memory stick and format it. I did this using 'fdisk', I deleted all the partitions that were on the memory stick, there were 4 (/dev/sda1 2 3 and 4). I then created a new partition /dev/sda1 which would take up the whole drive. I then used mkfs to format the partition with FAT16 (command was 'mkfs.vfat -F 16 /dev/sda1'). That was the repartitioning and formatting done. When I plug it into Suse now, there are two USB device icons appear on the desktop, one is for /dev/sda1 which can be written to like normal. The other one is for /dev/sda which cannot be mounted. It is really annoying having this inconvenient second icon. I dont understand why it thinks the drive is two devices, I mean /dev/sda is the device, but /dev/sda1 is the one and only partition. Does anyone know how I can get rid of this, or know if Ive doen something wrong along the way? By the way, the drive works fine in winxp, but debian sarge still doesnt like it, so Im not bothering with Debian anymore.