Safely Mounting Devices

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The BitCurator environment provides an easy way to mount certain formats of disk (e.g. to easily make BitCurator recognize a USB drive you've plugged into your computer). The script currently supports NTFS, Fat32, HFS and HFS+, and ext2/3/4 file formats (only for the first user volume on the disk).

Developer details: This tool is a front-end for mmls and icat, two programs provided by The Sleuth Kit, along with file system ID and FUSE mounting code.

If you'd prefer following video instructions, check out the screencast version of this tutorial in our video gallery.

Safely Mounting Devices

Step 1

Attach your device to the computer (in our example, we've attached a USB thumb drive to the computer on which BitCurator is running, but you could be using any device you're able to attach, such as a hard drive or USB-conncted floppy disk drive). The attached device should appear as an icon in the lower left corner of the screen (see Figure 1). Right-click on that icon and choose "Scripts", then click on "Safe Mount" (see Figure 2).

Figure 1: Your attached device appears as an icon in the lower left of the screen.
Figure 2: Navigate to the Safe Mount script.

Step 2

The Safe Mount window will open. Choose the device you wish to mount from the drop-down menu next to "Device" and click "OK".

Tip: If you are not certain which of the items in the drop-down list is your device, click on the "Device Information" button on the lower left of the window (see Figure 3). This will open a window with more information about the various devices in the drop-down list, which should help you identify your device (see Figure 4). In our example, I identified our USB drive by knowing the "KINGSTON" label, noting it was one of the unmounted devices, and by knowing the file system type of the thumb drive (vfat; learn more about file system types here). I was then able to choose the device I wished to mount from the drop-down (see Figure 5) and click the "OK" button (see Figure 6).

Figure 3: Choose your device form the drop-down menu, or click on "Device Information" for help identifying your device.
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Figure 4: Using the "Device Information" window to identify your device.
Figure 5: Selecting your device from the drop-down menu.
Figure 6: Clicking the "OK" button.

Step 3

A pop-up message will confirm that your device has been mounted (see Figure 7).

Figure 7: A pop-up message confirming the device mounting.