USB Storage Device on Linux
From MobileRobots Research and Academic Customer Support
To enable use of USB storage devices in the kernel, first load the usb_storage module. As root run:
This will load usb_storage and other modules needed to use USB storage devices. If you run dmesg you should see some new messages at the bottom as the kernel loads the modules and detects the USB device.
The new device will probably be called /dev/sda1, so you can mount it like this:
mkdir /mnt/usb mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
You can add an entry to /etc/fstab for /dev/sda1 so in the future you don't need to specify /dev/sda1:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb auto rw,user,sync,auto 0 0
Now you can just run
To mount the USB storage device.
(The "rw" option allows both reading and writing; the "user" option alows any user to mount the device; the "sync" option causes writes to happen immediately, so there is less chance of data being corrupted if you remove the USB device or it falls out before being explicitly unmounted; auto causes it to attempt to mount it at boot.)
You can also install autofs to automatically mount the device when plugged in, but this requires some setup etc. You can find out more about it on the web. (If you need packages for Debian 3.1 you can get them from archive.debian.org  -- Debian 3.1 is codenamed "sarge")