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Mount the Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) internal SD card on Linux

I've had the Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) for some weeks now and have not been able to get it to mount automatically when I plug it into my Fedora (KDE) laptop. It works on Windows XP and Vista with the bundled Samsung Kies software, but obviously I don't use Windows a lot. Not to mention that there's no technical reason why I shouldn't be able to mount a USB-attached SD Card - all the appropriate messages show up in /var/log/messages, so there had to be some known-only-to-Samsung steps that were required to complete the mounting. So, until now, I've had to transfer files from my computer to the phone by copying to a mini-SD card and copying across using the "my Files" application. Reminds me of the "sneakernet" days of old! Thanks to this post, I found out that non-obvious information. What I had to do was

  • plug the phone into the computer and select the USB storage mode
  • hit the menu key (to the left of the home key)
  • hit Notifications >> USB connected >> Mount

I wonder why Android doesn't simply release the drives to the USB connection as soon as it detects a connection. Well, that's something for another day. For now, I can finally retrieve my mini-SD card from the phone!

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