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After failed attempt to install linux distro on thumb drive. Unreadable


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I need help in finding a solution to this problem I ran into.....

I have made an attempt at using unebootin to put a bootable distro on a Thumb Drive.

During the course of creation of the "bootable usb" it crashed at 40% and wasn't able to be completed.

In order to fix this I would format the USB(normally) and start over.

Now, the USB it not being able to be seen or read by my computer.

I have been lost two thumb drives to this issue. Can someone help me with a solution to making these thumb drives usuable


Please help.

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Use linux and wipe the device.

Boot up a linux machine, run dmesg, plug in the USB drive, run dmesg again. You should see it add a new device like /dev/sdg or something for your newly plugged in thumb drive. Or it will display the errors with the device.

To wipe it:

sudo dd bs=512 if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdg

change /dev/sdg to whatever your /dev/sd* device recognizes as.

Warning: This will erase all data! Make sure you select the correct device.

Then you should be able to put it in any Windows/Linux/Mac machine and format it accordingly.

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You can also use gparted.


~$ dmesg


[ 3.274912] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access SanDisk Cruzer Blade 1.26 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[ 3.275836] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[ 3.277023] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 62530624 512-byte logical blocks: (32.0 GB/29.8 GiB)
[ 3.278517] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 3.278522] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 43 00 00 00

~$ sudo gparted /dev/sdb

then follow the GUI to partition, format, etc. Protos will work right off rip... gparted walks ya through it :)

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