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I am 90 % sure the drive is fine :-( - Was copying data from it yesterday.

Lent the drive from a mate to copy data, now it can't be found, plugging in and out no change - AAAHHH he is going to KILL me. Please help :-)

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Plug the drive in and then pastebin the output of sudo fdisk -l and dmesg | tail See – bodhi.zazen Dec 28 '11 at 16:24

Here is the Ubuntu official guide to automounting USB:

If you have Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, maybe you can take a look at this guide here:

You can also try to use Disk Utility, available in the Ubuntu Software Centre:

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Disk Utility fixed my issue – Siddharth Feb 13 '13 at 3:22

Try this also: This has something to do with the BIOS and floppy drives.

This worked for me when nothing else did. I tried:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
sudo apt-get install usbmount

Finally I did modprobe as described in link which worked!

sudo modprobe -r floppy
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The link first suggested under "Ubuntu official guide to automounting USB" suggests

Disks (the GNOME disk utility) that lists drives, including USB drives. If you click a drive on the list, you can view its details, and can click the triangle-shaped button (Play button) to mount the drive.

This worked first time when a USB memstick suddenly refused to automount under Thunar File Manager. After mounting it pops up in the File Manager.

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