FAQ – Floppy, CDROM, etc.

Floppy and CD-ROM

How do I mount my USB flash/thumb drive on the Linux boxes?

In order to read from and write to a USB drive it must first be mounted.  Insert it in to the front or rear USB ports and in a Terminal type:

~> cd /media
/media> ls

Find the name of the device and then type:

/media> mount devicename

You will now be able to write to and read from the USB drive.

To remove the device type:

~> cd /media
/media> umount devicename

You can now safely remove the drive.

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Help!! My CD/DVD won’t come out of the drive.

Make sure you are not in the directory the CD or DVD is mounted under (just to make sure type ‘cd’) and type ‘eject cdrom’.

If this doesn’t work, and the eject button on the front of the drive doesn’t work, please come see the Help Desk and ask the staff to assist you.

If you’re not on a Linux machine, and the eject button on the drive/keyboard doesn’t work, please come see the Help Desk and ask the staff to assist you.

 

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On the Linux machines, how do I access files on a CD/DVD?

Insert the cdrom/dvd in the drive and close it and from you home directory, type ‘mount /mnt/cdrom’.
Now the cdrom is available, you may use the standard commands (ls, mv, cp, etc.) to access the files.
For example, if you’d like to copy a file off your cd, run ‘cp /mnt/cdrom/file ~’

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