I mounted an USB stick on the Ubuntu Linux Lenovo Think Centre M93p desktop computer and I cannot access the USB stick directories and files from the Lenovo Ubuntu File Manager.

I have an Ubuntu Linux Lenovo Think Centre M93p desktop computer. I mounted an USB stick on the Ubuntu Linux Lenovo Think Centre M93p desktop computer and I cannot access the USB stick directories and files from the Lenovo Ubuntu File Manager. Please tell me if this is possible. If so, please tell me how to do this.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
camster123Senior C++ Software EngineerAsked:
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rindiCommented:
I normally don't use Ubuntu because it's Unity desktop is just about the worst User Interface there is, and besides that it is a very slow OS, particularly compared to other Linux distro's. I prefer MakuluLinux, which is much better and faster, and also looks much better.

But anyway, if you open Ubuntu's filemanager, you should see the USB disk or stick and just be able to click on it to open files.

The filemanager used in MakuluLinux at least works perfectly that way. So if you can't get it to work in Ubuntu, I suggest you replace your OS with another Linux, like MakuluLinux:

http://makululinux.com/forums/topic/makulu-areo-10-series/

There is also a new version in it's beta stadium which will probably be officially released in the next couple of days. This release looks very much like Windows 7, and it is also very similar to use, so for the user there is not much you need to learn additionally. So maybe if you just wait those few days until it is released, you'll have a much better OS than Ubuntu.
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camster123Senior C++ Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
@rindi. Thank you for your solution.
>>But anyway, if you open Ubuntu's filemanager, you should see the USB disk or stick and just be >>able to click on it to open files.
  What additional steps should I do if I open Ubuntu's filemanager and I cannot view the USB stick and my manager won't allow me to replace my OS with another Linux, like MakuluLinux?

Thank you.
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rindiCommented:
If it doesn't show in Ubuntu there may be something missing (not installed), or there is a security policy in place that doesn't allow you to access foreign media.

Since this seems to be your manager's decision you may have to ask him about that. In a company you would usually not allow access to external media, as that can introduce viruses and malware, and can also be misused for data theft, so in such an environment that would be the normal setup which you shouldn't try to work around.
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camster123Senior C++ Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
@rindi Thank you for your solution

Please read http://serverfault.com/questions/77684/which-dev-sdx-is-my-usb-stick-on

Please tell me if the following facts in the article are correcT:
1. It says that the Ubuntu file manager lists the USB  sticks as:

/dev/disk/by-id or /dev/disk/by-uuid/

2. It says type dmesg at the console and the output should show the USB stick being mounted.

Also, here is another article:
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/60299/how-to-determine-which-sd-is-usb

Thank you very much.
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rindiCommented:
Most file-managers, and I think that is the same in the one used by Ubuntu, you will see it with label that was given it when it was formatted. For example I have one labeled "WINSETUP", and that is what shows up for it in the left pane of the "Nemo" filemanager used in Makulu.

But again, if you aren't allowed as user to use USB disks or sticks, you will probably see nothing.
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gheistCommented:
If you mount disk as root from command line it is not accessible to all users by default.
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