Problem mounting usb key in Ubuntu

Hi i got a usb key that i just can't mount.
I have never had that problem in Ubuntu before.
the drive works on my windows computer.
And i already sent the files over to my Ubuntu with pscp,
but i want to be able to mount the usb key in Linux.
Ofcourse i could just reformat it but that would not be as fun as knowing the cause of the problem.

this is what i have tried:
sudo mkdir /media/windows
sudo mount /dev/sdb /media/windows/ -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222

sudo mkdir /media/windows
sudo mount /dev/sdb /media/windows/ -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8,umask=000

But still nothing.
This is what my dmesg looks like:
[ 2437.714316] usb 6-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[ 2437.763082] usb 6-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 2440.194876] usbcore: registered new interface driver libusual
[ 2440.264710] Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
[ 2440.266688] scsi4 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[ 2440.268501] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[ 2440.268508] USB Mass Storage support registered.
[ 2440.268982] usb-storage: device found at 3
[ 2440.268984] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[ 2444.183331] usb-storage: device scan complete
[ 2444.183827] scsi 4:0:0:0: Direct-Access              USB Flash Memory PMAP PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
[ 2444.804352] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] 15874048 512-byte hardware sectors (8128 MB)
[ 2444.805048] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 2444.805051] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
[ 2444.805053] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 2444.807043] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] 15874048 512-byte hardware sectors (8128 MB)
[ 2444.807549] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 2444.807552] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
[ 2444.807554] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 2444.807558]  sdb: sdb1 sdb2 < sdb5 >
[ 2445.462304] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
[ 2445.462352] sd 4:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[ 2458.789326] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2458.794572] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2459.258333] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2459.259032] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2459.259035] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2459.259039] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2459.259530] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2459.259533] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2459.275524] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2459.276026] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2459.276029] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2459.276032] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2459.276523] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2459.276526] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2460.050686] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2460.054384] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2460.054983] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2460.054988] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2460.054993] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2460.055684] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2460.055695] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2460.190326] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2460.194326] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2460.194958] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2460.194964] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2460.194968] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2460.195737] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2460.195744] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2460.250706] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2460.255298] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2460.255900] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2460.255905] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2460.255909] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2460.256599] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2460.256604] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2464.961932] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2464.965531] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2464.966131] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2464.966136] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2464.966141] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2464.966829] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2464.966835] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2465.098186] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2465.103438] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2465.108672] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2465.109270] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2465.109276] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2465.109281] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2465.110069] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2465.110075] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2472.006414] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2472.010112] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2472.010711] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.010716] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2472.010721] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2472.011413] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.011418] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2472.415142] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2472.419036] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2472.419638] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.419640] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2472.419644] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2472.420146] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.420150] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2472.556038] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2472.559890] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2472.555488] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.555495] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2472.555499] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2472.555983] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.555987] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2472.603209] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2472.608706] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2472.609456] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.609462] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2472.609469] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2472.610323] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2472.610329] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?
[ 2490.970896] APIC error on CPU1: 40(40)
[ 2490.975804] APIC error on CPU0: 40(40)
[ 2548.535953] FAT: utf8 is not a recommended IO charset for FAT filesystems, filesystem will be case sensitive!
[ 2548.536383] FAT: invalid media value (0x00)
[ 2548.536391] VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdb.
[ 2571.995706] usb 6-1: USB disconnect, address 3
[ 2577.893584] usb 6-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
[ 2578.027710] usb 6-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 2578.028082] scsi5 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[ 2578.028389] usb-storage: device found at 4
[ 2578.028392] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[ 2581.331150] usb-storage: device scan complete
[ 2581.331687] scsi 5:0:0:0: Direct-Access              USB Flash Memory PMAP PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
[ 2581.633909] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] 15874048 512-byte hardware sectors (8128 MB)
[ 2581.635219] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 2581.635225] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
[ 2581.635227] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 2581.636612] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] 15874048 512-byte hardware sectors (8128 MB)
[ 2581.636954] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 2581.636958] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
[ 2581.636960] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 2581.636969]  sdb: sdb1 sdb2 < sdb5 >
[ 2581.956110] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
[ 2581.956161] sd 5:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[ 2582.485263] UDF-fs: No partition found (1)
[ 2582.487311] ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 1
[ 2582.488343] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2582.488352] ISOFS: File unit size != 0 for ISO file (1600).
[ 2582.488357] ISOFS: changing to secondary root
[ 2582.488864] ISOFS: Interleaved files not (yet) supported.
[ 2582.488869] isofs_fill_super: root inode is not a directory. Corrupted media?

I'm curious about how to solve this issue, and what the problem might be.
any ideas?
Thank you
// SiNNeS
SiNNeSAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
Duncan RoeConnect With a Mentor Software DeveloperCommented:
According to the dmesg you posted, sdb has a partition table and you should be mounting sdb1 or sdb5.
You could run "fdisk /dev/sdb" and "p" to see the partition table, then "q".
0
 
TobiasCommented:
Dear,

Could check first what is really the file system instant of trying all ?

fdisk /dev/sdb  

Could you try to do :

sudo mount /dev/sdb /media/windows/ -t ntfs

And give the result ?

Thanks & Best Regards

0
 
Duncan RoeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
sdb2 is an extended partition, don't mount that.
0
 
SiNNeSAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
i used: sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/windows/ -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8,umask=000
and it works as a charm.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.