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Re: [vox-tech] Disks and CDROMs from Linux (Was re: [vox] a verynovice Linux user)
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Re: [vox-tech] Disks and CDROMs from Linux (Was re: [vox] a verynovice Linux user)

Bill Kendrick wrote:
On Mon, Jun 10, 2002 at 04:04:29PM -0700, David Jeffrey Barnum wrote:

How do you access floppies and CD-ROMs using Debian. And can you access Windows formatted disks using Debian? I downloaded some programs for Linux in WIndows. Thanks for the help.

If you stick a floppy into your drive, and then issue the command:

  mount /floppy

...it _should_ Just Work(tm).
If that doesn't work, try "mount /mnt/floppy"; likewise, "mount /mnt/cdrom" for a cdrom if "mount /cdrom" doesn't work. Or if you're using Gnome with a recent Red Hat-like distro, right click on the desktop, and there should be entries in the menu to mount removable media.

One last thing... you said you downloaded some Linux software using Windows.
If the Windows you're speaking of happens to be the copy of Windows installed
on the same system as your Linux system (e.g., a dual-boot, and you simply
rebooted into Linux), then accessing the files on the Windows side of your
computer is VERY easy.  (And MUCH more convenient than copying to floppy
and then rebooting :^) )

I'll let someone else explain that, though, since I don't have Windows
on any of my boxes, so I don't know the exact incantation to get to the
files.  (It's another "mount" command, but typically with more options.)
mount -t vfat /dev/hdxn /mnt/win

or some other mount point (/mnt, /win, whatever). "/dev/hdxn" stands for the actual partition Windows is on, and may be a bit confusing; an example is /dev/hda1, which means the first partition of the first IDE hard drive on your system. If you had Windows on the machine before installing Linux, /dev/hda1 is probably correct. If you're wrong, nothing bad will happen, except that you'll get a (probably confusing) error message. Oh, and you most likely need to do this as root.


Matt Holland
Population Biology Graduate Group
University of California, Davis

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