finding the USB drive name, mounting and formatting

Zbigniew Szalbot zbigniew at
Wed Jul 11 08:52:13 UTC 2007


>> I created /mnt/usbck and would like to mount it there, then format it as
> it
>> uses msdos file system (FAT).
>> How do I determine the name of the drive is my first problem. It is not
>> da0, it is? What is the command to check it? I mean I think it is not
> da0
>> because da0 timestamp is a few days old.

> If this is a USB flash drive with a FAT partition, it is probably just
> da0s1 (I am using one right now!) . Just do an ls /dev/da0*
> and simply mount -t msdosfs /dev/da0s1 /mnt/usbck

Thank you for your answer. I do have da0s1 but
mount -t msdosfs /dev/da0s1 /mnt/usbck
mount_msdosfs: /dev/da0s1: Invalid argument

Also, it is not a flash drive, it is an external USB drive with IDE hd in
it (80 GB).

I will skip formatting as I can see your point. Thanks!

Zbigniew Szalbot

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