Removable media in Linux

Removable media in Fedora Core 3 and 4

Depending on the desktop environment you're using, the handling of USB sticks and other removable media might be slightly different. Here, we describe GNOME and KDE.

GNOME

In GNOME, when you plug in a USB stick, it will be automatically mounted and its icon will appear on your desktop. To change this behaviour:

  • Fedora 4: click Desktop on the system bar, select Preferences and Removable Drives and Media
  • Fedora 3: click Applications on the system bar, select Preferences and Removable Storage

Removable devices in GNOME

In the appearing window, you can select whether the device should be automatically mounted or not. Even if the indicated boxes are already checked, it may help to uncheck and check the boxes.

Do not forget to unmount the device before you unplug it!

KDE

In KDE, when you plug in a USB stick, its icon will automatically appear on your desktop as "removable device" (to mount it, you just have to click it). To change this behaviour, right-click the desktop and select Configure desktop.

Removable devices in KDE

In the appearing window, select Behaviour, Device icons. Here, you can select what and when device icons should be shown. The default is to check Unmounted Removable Medium.

In Fedora 3, Removable Medium is called Hard Disk Volume.

In Fedora 4, there are separate boxes for Removable Medium but you may still need to check the Hard Disk Volume boxes because the USB-devices are detected as hard disks. In that case, all hard-disks partitions are shown as icons.

Again, do not forget to unmount the device before you unplug it!


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