Jetson Nano not Recognizing USB drives

I have completed the first time set-up for the Jetson Nano in its standard mode. I am trying to install python on the device, but I can not connect it to internet. When I try to use a usb drive to transfer files to the Nano and I use the commands sudo fdisk -l no drives appear in the form sdb followed by a number, so I am not able to mount the device. I have tried using an encrypted USB drive and a CD acting as a usb and neither were detectible.

Are there specific drives needed to be compatible with the Jetson Nano?

You can try to check the lsusb command and see if that can detect your device or not first.

If even usb driver cannot detect it, then it won’t have any sda/sdb/sdc/xxx coming out.

Upon trying this command, it seems that the USB device may be recognized. When I now run the sudo fdisk -l command I see the correct devices listed as /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda/2, but every mounting command I have found does not work for either device. How do I know what command to use for a given device to mount it?

With the drive connected, what do you see from:

  • df -H -T
  • lsblk -f
  • ls /dev/sd*
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You have “/dev/sda”. I assume this is the USB device in question. There are two partitions, “/dev/sda1” and “/dev/sda2”. Both of those partitions are recognized, but neither of those partitions have been formatted. It isn’t possible to mount an unformatted partition.

Sorry if this is a simple question, but I don’t have much experience with linux. How do I format these partitions such that I am able to mount the drive?

Normally you would format it with an ext4 type of filesystem. This will wipe out anything previously on the partition. Since it is not formatted yet, there probably isn’t anything to wipe out (in some odd cases binary data is used on a partition without formatting, e.g., high performance databases, but this won’t be the case for you). This would be either of these, depending on which partition you want to format:

  • sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1
  • sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2

After that the partitions can be mounted. Depending on setup mount might then be manual or automatic. Once this is done you should see them as ext4 via “lsblk -f”.

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