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Removable Media

All Red Hat and Windows machines can handle USBs and CD ROMs without any special user interaction.

Solaris Sparc Workstations

The Sparc workstations do not support ZIP drives as removable meia, only as mounted Unix file systems. We strongly discourage such use. The Sparc worstations support floppy disks and CD-ROMs, if the appropriate drive is installed.

Mounting Floppy Disks and CD-ROMs

Solaris has special software to automate the mounting of floppy disks and CD-ROMS. To mount a floppy disk or CD-ROM:

  • Insert the media
  • Use the volcheck command (this command checks if new media has been inserted

If a formatted floppy disk or CD-ROM is found in the drive, it will be mounted for you as a directory under /floppy or /cdrom. If the media has a volume label, that will be the name of the directory. Otherwise it will be mounted as /floppy/no_name or /cdrom/unnamed_cdrom

When done, you can remove the media with the eject command.

Centos Linux Workstations

Linux workstations support floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and USB devices -- if the appropriate drive is installed.

Mounting Media on Linux

Media formatted with any of the following file systems can be mounted under Linux:

  • minix
  • ext
  • ext2
  • ext3
  • vfat
  • msdos
  • umsdos
  • iso9660
  • hpfs
  • ufs
  • sysv

To mount:

  • You must be logged in on the console so the removeable media devices are owned by you.
  • Insert the media
  • on Centos, a list of available mount points is at the end of /etc/fstab
  • Use the mount command to mount the media
    • mount /media/< media > where < media > is the type of media, not drive, being used: floppy, flash drive , USB device or cdrom
  • The files will be mounted under the directory /media/< media > where =< media > is what you specified above.
  • Remember, use /media/usbdisk to mount a USB Flash Drive.

To unmount:

  • Make sure no files on the media are open and cd all shells out of the mounted file system
  • Use the umount command to unmount the media
    • umount /media/< media >
  • Use the eject command to software eject the media
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