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    Default Sorry for reposting - in a real jam here - HELP!

    I cant boot into my desktop but can mount partitions and see files. I need to get a resume out the door right away and I have a USB stick formatted with NTFS. I can reformat to whatever if needed. I need to copy two files from my Linux box to the stick. They are documents to apply for a job. I can get to the files on the Linux box and just need to get the, from there to my USB stick. I can troubleshoot the install problem later. Yup its my mistake I should have left the machine alone and it ran fine for a long time but then it crashed. How do I copy the files to a USB stick using cp and what fileformat should be used on the USB stick?

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    FAT or NTFS is fine you just cp the files to the stick.

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    Thank you!! I will try it. Out of pure desperation I whipped out my credit card and after a 20 minute wait was told they don't accept Canadian creit cards at Opensuse/Novell/Attachmate. That is sad

    One more question I know the cp command and can get to the directory with the files and execute


    cp *.doc <target>


    but I don't know how to specify target for a USB drive

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    On 2014-01-27 19:26, exponent wrote:
    >
    > I cant boot into my desktop but can mount partitions and see files. I
    > need to get a resume out the door right away and I have a USB stick
    > formatted with NTFS. I can reformat to whatever if needed. I need to
    > copy two files from my Linux box to the stick. They are documents to
    > apply for a job. I can get to the files on the Linux box and just need
    > to get the, from there to my USB stick. I can troubleshoot the install
    > problem later. Yup its my mistake I should have left the machine alone
    > and it ran fine for a long time but then it crashed. How do I copy the
    > files to a USB stick using cp and what fileformat should be used on the
    > USB stick?


    You just boot any live Linux system, locate the files you want with the
    file browser it provides to another usb stick. The format of this stick
    is your choice, depending on what the destination machine can read.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    What environment are you working in?

    ie is it a live Linux CD/DVD of some sort?

    You may need to mount it depending

    but to see where try

    fdisk -l

    note that is a lower case L not a one

    you should see a drive with just a fat partition on it

    If you are in a GUI you should be notified that a device has been plugged in and you can simply view the drive and use the GUI to copy the files.

    Not know how you are accessing things makes it hard to figure the best way

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    my kde desktop stopped working after Xen crashed. That is the root of my problem but sveral hours have passed and no blame to anyone I whipped out my plastic and they cant take it because it is Canadian. Here is where I am at.

    I can boot to a prompt.
    I can login in as root and locate the two files.
    I have one memory stick so I cannot use it for both live boot and file transfer that can be read in windows 7.
    I have a working windows machine I need to get the files to.
    I have no networking on the Linux box.
    I know hot to look into /dev

    I need to got to the text based command prompt, get to the files and type

    cp *.doc <target>

    I don't know what <target> looks like in the Linux world for a USB drive.

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    Sorry. Had to go and find fdisk -l which is as follows. I left out some columns but I think this is what is required.

    Maybe this is the problem. When I look in fdisk -l I see

    /dev/sda1 Linux
    /dev/sda2 * HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 W95 extd
    /dev/sda4 Linu/swap
    /dev/sda5 Linux/swap
    /dev/sda6 Linux
    /dev/sda7 Linux


    I believe my home drive is sda7 and the boot slice which I see bin on is what boots and I see

    Linux-31n4:~#

    how do I recover?

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    That is just your hard drive those items are just he partitions on sda

    A stick on that machine should be sdb

    Is the stick plugged in?

    if sdb I'd do

    mount -t.vfat /devsdb1 /mnt

    which would mount the first partition of sdb to /mnt

    then the files should be copied to /mnt

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    I get the message

    mount: unknown filesystem type '.vfat'

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    oops no period there should just be a space

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