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Re: [opensuse] How to Mount External Drives Manually?
  • From: "Amedee Van Gasse" <amedee@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:12:50 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <13357.193.121.250.194.1232025170.squirrel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, January 15, 2009 13:22, Rodney Baker wrote:
On Thursday 15 January 2009 19:08:43 Amedee Van Gasse wrote:
[...]
Suppose you are on the road, and you have your usb stick with some
precious documents. You urgently want to print something, so you'll want
to plug in the stick somewhere, mount it r/o, pipe the file to lpr and
be
done with it.
However, on every "user friendly" distribution there are all kinds of
windows that pop up when you plug in the usb stick, but none of them is
a
shell prompt. Worst of all, you notice that your stick is already
mounted
read/write! This is on an unknown system that you know nothing about. It
might as well wipe your stick, or install a rootkit on it. How are you
ever going to know what the userfriendly police is doing behind your
back?


That is why decent USB memory sticks have a write-protect switch on them;
regardless of how the system tries to mount it, if the write protect
switch is
set the write line should be disabled and nothing should be able to write
to
it...

I suppose you mean a mechanical write-protect switch? Kingston is a decent
brand, and none of my various Kingston usb sticks have such a switch.

But I'm afraid that you're missing the point. There are many other
removable media that do not have a mechanical write-protect switch: SD
cards, usb/eSata/FireWire harddisks,...

Anyway it wasn't my problem. :)

--
Amedee

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