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Old 26th October 2010, 10:05 PM
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usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

I downloaded and installed a live usb drive to a USB flash drive.

but it did not work.

and it could not be re-installed or re -formated
any help is appreciated.

I have fedora 13, and window 7 available

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Old 26th October 2010, 10:43 PM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

Install gparted and then create a new partition table on the device.

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Old 27th October 2010, 07:11 AM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

I will try once I got home,

The solution is for fedora 13, right?

---------- Post added at 09:44 PM GMT ---------- Previous post was at 02:50 PM GMT ----------

device table did not have usb drive
only have /dev/sd1 for /boot
and /dev/sda2 for lvm2

---------- Post added at 09:59 PM GMT ---------- Previous post was at 09:44 PM GMT ----------

I got the following when I tried to format the usb drive,
Unable to open /dev sdb read-write(Read-only file system. /dev/sdb has been opened read-only
Help needed

---------- Post added at 10:07 PM GMT ---------- Previous post was at 09:59 PM GMT ----------

when I tried to do device/create partition table I got
Error while creating partition table

---------- Post added at 10:11 PM GMT ---------- Previous post was at 10:07 PM GMT ----------

I finally made the gparted find the device, of /dev/sdb, and it found the right size: 16GB. But

I got the following when I tried to format the usb drive,
Unable to open /dev sdb read-write(Read-only file system. /dev/sdb has been opened read-only
Help needed

I also tried to create partition table

when I tried to do device/create partition table I got
Error while creating partition table
Edit/Delete Message

Please help
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Old 27th October 2010, 07:50 AM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

Is there a write protect switch on your usb device?
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Old 27th October 2010, 05:14 PM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

thank you for help

I could not see anything other than a USB connector.
I am pretty sure the read only state was the result of installing live usb flash drive performed on the device.
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Old 27th October 2010, 05:58 PM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

No, I don't think so. I've created many live usb on serveral sticks and there never came up such problems…
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Old 31st October 2010, 07:35 PM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

Hello
I had exactly the same problem I put fedora 12 on a 4Gb usb stick with the fedora hosted live usb creator, unfortunately the 700Mb of fedora 12 was the only thing that then existed on the memory stick, the 2 films and backed up files no longer existed, my ps3 reported an unrecognised usb device, windows and linux showed a 700Mb usb device that was 100% full, I'm sure some data recovery software might have been able to recover my files.

gparted also showed it as 100% full 700Mb

I formatted the usb stick with windows built in format tool, so then had a 700 Mb empty usb stick, ps3, windows and linux recognised it as such, in the end I used windows hp usb format tool http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...mat-Tool.shtml it was the only thing I found that saw it as 4Gb, I formatted fat32 and it's been fine since, I will never use fedora live usb creator again, which is a shame as unetbootin won't create a persistence file
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Old 31st October 2010, 07:45 PM
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Re: usb drive can't be deleted or reinstalled

The USB is definitely unmounted when you do this, correct? It might be interesting to boot into single user mode and see if you can then format it.
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