If I set my new HTC Desire HD to connect to PC in disk drive mode, a Windows computer can see the internal storage as a Removable Disk. If I attempt the same with my Linux system, "HTC Android Phone" briefly shows up, but is not possible to interact with and disappears a few moments later.

How do I use my HTC Desire HD from my Linux system?

(It does not currently have a microSD card - that is in the mail atm)

  • Did you install drivers or a software package on Windows? Feb 21, 2011 at 23:45
  • ...and can you access any other USB drives from your Linux system?
    – Matt H
    Feb 22, 2011 at 7:32
  • If it doesn't have a microSD, what are you trying to do when connecting it to the Linux system. Also, which distro are you running? Feb 22, 2011 at 9:43
  • Err, I am an idiot - my phone network actually provided me with a 2GB SD card which will do as a temporary measure until the 16GB one arrives, rendering this question irrelevant.
    – Macha
    Feb 23, 2011 at 20:46

1 Answer 1


Have you switched Mass Storage mode on? Not sure about Desire HD, but it should be either in USB Settings under Settings -> About Phone -> USB Settings, Settings -> Wireless and network -> USB Settings, or it may show up directly in the notification bar when USB is connected.

If this doesn't help, do a lsusb after connecting the phone and check it's detected.

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