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openSUSE 11.1 Reference Guide
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2.5 Accessing Removable Media and External Devices

If you insert removable media (such as CDs or DVDs) in your computer's drive, or connect external devices such as USB sticks, external hard disks, media players or digital cameras, these are usually automatically detected. In KDE 4, a panel widget informs you about recently plugged or inserted devices.

Figure 2-2 Device Notifier

Click on the entry to show the device's contents with Dolphin.

If the device is not automatically displayed in the device notifier, try to access it manually with Dolphin.

Start Dolphin file manager and switch to the editable version of the location bar as described in Changing the View. Enter /media to access any type of drive mounted there. If the medium has been detected, it is also listed in the Places panel. Click the respective entry to show the contents. Digital cameras can also be accessed by entering the URL camera:/ into Dolphin's location bar. In case your camera is not automatically detected, configure it first with the KDE 4 Personal Settings or with digiKam as described in Section 23.1, Configuring Your Camera, (↑ Application Guide ). Navigate through the camera's directory structure until the files are shown. Use the usual Dolphin file management features to copy the files as desired.

Another way to access detected media is to click the My Computer icon on your desktop. The detected devices are listed in the Disk Information section.

NOTE: Removing Media Safely

If you want to remove or disconnect a medium from your computer, make sure that the data on the medium is currently not accessed by any application or user. Otherwise, you risk a loss of data. To safely remove the medium, proceed as follows:

  1. Open a view that displays the removable medium (for example, with Dolphin or My Computer).

  2. Right-click the medium in the Places panel (or below Disk Information) and select Safely Remove or Eject. Safely Remove unmounts the medium after which you can disconnect the medium from your computer. Eject automatically opens the CD or DVD drive of your computer.

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