I have plugged a USB thumb drive into a computer with Linux, but I cannot find a reference to the thumb drive. How do I access it?
Typically, an icon for the USB drive will appear on the Linux desktop.
It is also possible to view the last few entries in the /var/log/messages file, immediately after inserting the drive, to see if the device was identified and if it was mounted. Here are sample messages entries from a RedHat ES4 box:
kernel: usb 1-1: new high speed USB device using address 4
kernel: scsi3 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
kernel: sdc: sdc1
kernel: Attached scsi removable disk sdc at scsi3, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
fstab-sync: added mount point /media/USB20FD for /dev/sdc1
In this case, the device was identified automatically and mounted as /media/USB20FD. In some cases, it may be necessary to mount the device manually by: