I have a Motorola phone, with a MicroSD slot, which my Ubuntu machine does not recognize as a USB drive.

It does know there is something there since

  • It automatically charges my phone whenever I connect it.
  • using the command lsusb shows it as "Motorola PCS"

Is there a way to tell Ubuntu/Linux that the connected hardware is a disk drive?

  • I have same issue now. It shows as motorola pcs. Did you fix it? – Learning Aug 10 '16 at 10:20

You probably have the phone in "Data Connection" or "USB Printing" mode instead of "Memory Card" mode. Go to USB Settings (in Settings | Connection on my phone) and change it.

  • It has Settings > Connection > USB Setting, in which you can choose between "USB Drive" and "Modem/COM". Neither works in my Ubuntu box. – lamcro Apr 6 '10 at 15:10

Is there an option on the phone to turn on USB Drive mode? My phone(Motorola Rival) will not appear on my windows machine until I turn this setting on.

I found it under Menu -> Settings & Tools -> USB Mode.

  • Yes, but no luck. It does work on Windows with no problems. – lamcro Apr 6 '10 at 15:06

You first mount it on Windows. Do not Unplug the Phone and Then reboot the PC to Linux (I am Assuming you have dual Boot Windows/Linux) Now when Linux Starts Open the terminal type the following Commands one by one and post all the outputs here. sudo fdisk -l, lsusb, dmesg If some command requires root permission run that with sudo

  • Sorry, I've been Windows free (at home) for a while. But I will try and run those commands. – lamcro May 25 '10 at 5:25

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