Add the following modules to your /etc/modules file so they will be loaded at boot:
ohci_hcd usb_storage sd_modIf you just want to test only the functionality you may manually load the modules from the command line:
modprobe ohci_hcd usb_storage sd_modWith the 'dmesg' command you become some informative output regarding the discovery of your USB hardware.
If your usb drive is connected you should see devices in the "/dev/" directory that begin with "sd":
# ls /dev | grep sd sda sda1Mount the drive to a mount point of your choice, in following case a directory called "usb" in "/mnt":
cd /mnt mkdir usb mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usbIf the usb drive is FAT formatted drive you may need to do the following:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt -o iocharset=cp437