usb drive not recognized in single user mode

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mcarilli, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. mcarilli macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    The title pretty much says it all: When booted in single user mode, I can't get my machine to recognize the USB drive. Here's what I did:
    1. inserted usb stick (memorex 4GB traveldrive, msdos filesystem)
    2. booted in single user mode (cmd+s after powering on)
    3. mount -uw /
    3. looked for usb device in /dev
    4.'s not there! The USB drive shows up as /dev/disk1s1 after an ordinary boot, but in single user mode it's nowhere to be found. It's not just a name issue either: the list of devices that appear in /dev in single user mode is the same whether or not the USB stick is plugged in.

    Even more confusingly, out of the 10(?) times I tried this it worked twice: /dev/disk1s1 actually appeared.
    mkdir /mydirectory; mount -w -t msdos /dev/disk1s1 /mydirectory
    worked fine, and I was able to read/write from the stick as usual. I have no idea what I did differently those two times.

    Does anybody know what's going on? I've got a MacBook2,1 running vanilla Leopard.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks in advance for your help :)
  2. mcarilli thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    Just downloaded the latest firmware update, and the USB drive appears consistently now.

    Sorry for the double post; just wanted to make sure nobody besides me wastes their time on this.

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