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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.

Step-by-step guide

  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.

  2. Right-click on that icon and choose "Scripts", then click on "Safe Mount" (see Figure 2).

    Figure 2: Navigate to the Safe Mount script.

  3. 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.
    Figure 4: Use the "Device Information" window to identify your device.Figure 5: Select your device from the drop-down menu.Figure 6: Click the "OK" button.

  4. 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.