USB Stick trouble

This morning I have installed my computer for a Live CDRom Suse 11.1. Everything seems to work fine except… access to / mounting of the usb stick (Qmotion 1Gb)

What have i done so far:

  1. Insert USB stick into usb port of the computer.
    >> Red light on usb stick begin to flikker.
    >> KDE Device Notifier reports “TWO devices recently plugged in”
    >> - Vfat …
    >> - Vfat …

  2. Konquerer → sysinfo:/ shows the usb stick
    device - vfat - 1.4 mb - …
    device - vfat - 925 mb - …

  3. Via Yast, System, Partionertool I can see the following data
    -/dev/sdc…939.50 mb, USB DISK PRO
    |_dev/sdc1…925.xx mb, Win95, FAT, LBA

So far so good and everything goes well. Now the hardest part for me…


  1. How can i “access” or “mount” the usb stick, so that i am able to read AND write to it, every time insert or remove this usbstick into,from my computer?**

2. Do i need to create a MOUNTPOINT on this partition on my USB stick or not?

3. What are the FSTAB options i need to select

4. Do i need to add something manually to my /etc/fstab file?

This is my current fstab file

/dev/disk/by-id/ata-MAXTOR_6L080J4_664252151267-part1 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-MAXTOR_6L080J4_664252151267-part3 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-MAXTOR_6L080J4_664252151267-part2 /boot ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST330630A_3CK0LGJ9-part1 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0

I’ve already read “the man mount” page, but it lacks simple examples how i can apply the mount command to my usbstick challenge.

When i booted again from a Open Suse LiveCD VERSION 10.3, i could access the usbstick!!! How is this possible??

Thank you for your time and answers.


I am not sure after your REMARK if you still have a problem/qustion or not. But it seems that you might value a bit more information on partitions and mounting: SDB:Basics of partitions, filesystems, mount points - openSUSE

Paragraph 2.7 tell more about the USB sticks and what HAL tries to do.

Hope this helps.

Thanks Henk!
The chapter that you showed me was exactly the missing gap in my current linux knowledge about mounting, disk and usb stick.

Regards, Ronald