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    Hard Drive Crashed! Need to copy files to USB Stick??

    Hello all,

    As the thread says, my hard drive (Debian Squeeze) crashed. I can get into the file system, but it's in read only mode...

    How can I copy my files to a USB stick? It seems like I can't even mount the USB stick, since it's in read-only mode....

    Any ideas?


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    Trusted Penguin Irithori's Avatar
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    boot from a livecd
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    Your hard disks may be read-only but is your USB disk? That would be unusual -

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    Thanks for the replies guys

    Yes, only the HD was read only. So I mounted the USB stick with

    mount -t auto /dev/sdb /cdrom

    Note, I used /cdrom because that was the only spare directory I could fine. I was able to successfully copy the files to my USB drive!

    I originally used -t ext2 and -t ntfs but neither worked. The documentation said auto will automatically determine the fs type

    Anyway, hope this is of value to anyone who runs into a similar case in the future. Apologize for my verbosity; i'm new at this!


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    Thanks for posting your solution, it will be useful for others will the same problem.
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    Great solution posting

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