View Full Version : [ubuntu] unable to mount drives

October 14th, 2009, 05:49 AM
ok.... I am trying to use a flash/thumb drive and cd rom drives on my Sony vaio laptop with ubuntu only. Every time I try to I get the message "UNABLE TO MOUNT LOCATION"

What does that mean and what do I have to do to solve this?

Thanks in advance!!

I will check back tomorrow morning cause it's getting late.... 9/13/09 23:47 cst US


October 14th, 2009, 06:00 AM
Huh it should auto mount but do the following to do it manually:

sudo mkdir /mnt/flash
sudo mount /dev/<flashdrive> /mnt/flash

To find the proper thing to enter for <flashdrive> run
sudo fdisk -l and find your proper device.


October 14th, 2009, 06:01 AM
In order to mount your USB Flash drive manually, it should simply be a matter of finding out the device node using "fdisk -l" and then using the mount command:

mkdir /media/USB_Drive
mount /dev/sdb1 /media/USB_Drive

If that gives you fits about unrecognized super block (or something like that), try telling it what type of filesystem it is:

mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/USB_Drive

Mark Phelps
October 14th, 2009, 02:18 PM
ok.... Every time I try to I get the message "UNABLE TO MOUNT LOCATION"

Are you issuing Mount commands manually to do this?

You shouldn't have to do that. When you plugin the USB device, it should popup a folder on your desktop, or if not that, you should be able to see a folder in Places.

Are you getting that error when you try to open that folder in Places? Or are you seeing no folders for your device?

October 14th, 2009, 02:28 PM
Make sure you have a partition defined on your flash drive that is accessible to the Linux kernel you are using. The kernel with Ubuntu 8.10 will not read Ext4 partitions and it may not read the latest generation NTFS partitions. If you are using Windows software to encrypt the drive, you may not be able to access the partition at all, which means you cannot mount it.

Try using GParted to see if your system will recognise the presence of the physical drive. If so, GParted will tell you the partition type and will have a warning if you cannot mount the partition as it is currently formatted.