I try and try and try but ubuntu 14.04 is not recognizing my flash drive. It's a Kingston Datatraveler which has never caused me any problems before until now. Anybody know what to do?

  • Install Ubuntu 13.10 and be glad for it. Ubuntu 14.04 is still a work in progress.
    – Taz D.
    Apr 19 '14 at 20:16
  • One year later, I've just bought 4 DataTraveler Kingston G4 keys and none of them will mount in Ubuntu 14.04LTS.2. If anyone knows why, I'd love to see an answer to this question.
    – Scaine
    Apr 6 '15 at 13:44
  • I also have the same issue, when using it in a 3.0 USB. Jul 15 '15 at 18:17
  • Same issue here as well, in 2019. Sep 28 '19 at 14:01
  • I found out with dmesg | tail that the device somehow gets disconnected. Sep 28 '19 at 14:16

I fixed it. I tried the advice of pushing the USB in slowly. That didn't work.

What did work was pushing it in very slowly in a timed manner. Here is how:

I used dmesg -wH which keeps live updating dmesg in your terminal.

And right at the moment where Ubuntu said that it recognized it. I stopped pushing it in any further. Weirdly enough, this is as much a skill as learning how to use a small screwdriver or a semi-complex game controller combination in a video game.

My Kingston Datatraveler mounted. It did not mount by pushing it in slowly, but by pushing it in very slowly and immediately stopping when dmesgh said: "USB Mass Storage device detected"

  • wow! it really worked for me, thank you so much
    – nino_701
    Jan 24 at 10:07

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