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#1 2011-05-11 00:43:56

TMatherne
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Registered: 2011-05-04
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[SOLVED]USB Recovery

OK, I am a new Arch Linux user, and as is customary with anyone new to a Linux Distribution and posting on these forums, I screwed something up that I should have researched better before doing.

I have my first install done well and up and running.  I thought, Great, now to put this on the netbook...  I followed the advice on putting the .iso on a USB that I found here:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pu … _a_USB_key

I performed the "dd" command on a flash drive and it installed the iso perfectly for booting.  The problem is that now the USB is write protected and I don't know how to get it back to rights on being able to write to the damn thing.  Yeah, I know, probably something easy that I am overlooking, but overlooking it I am.  Can someone please help me out?  Thanks in advance for your help.

Tommie Matherne

Last edited by TMatherne (2011-05-11 05:10:02)

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#2 2011-05-11 01:11:48

tesjo
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Registered: 2007-11-30
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Re: [SOLVED]USB Recovery

If you are done using the install, I would just reformat the drive. There are many options such as cfdisk or gparted.

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#3 2011-05-11 01:21:09

TMatherne
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Re: [SOLVED]USB Recovery

Whenever I try to format it in GParted, I get told that it is unallocated space and I need to set a partition table.  When I go to "Device > Create a Partition Table..."  I get an error every time.  There is no way through to making anything else out of this.

Tommie

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#4 2011-05-11 01:26:16

cmlr
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From: Rochester, NY, USA
Registered: 2007-04-18
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Re: [SOLVED]USB Recovery

There are tutorials online, such as this one:

http://www.dotkam.com/2008/07/10/restor … ash-drive/

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#5 2011-05-11 01:35:25

TMatherne
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Re: [SOLVED]USB Recovery

OK, if I run repeated procedures in GParted it works.  It throws error messages every step of the way, but if I close and reopen GParted I find that the operations succeeded, and I move on to the next step which throws up an error, then I close and reopen and the process worked, etc. until I had a successfully formatted USB drive.  There has to be an easier way, though.  Is there something else I am missing?

Thanks for the help.

Tommie

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#6 2011-05-11 02:21:28

vinayv
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From: Bangalore, India
Registered: 2008-08-11
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Re: [SOLVED]USB Recovery

After I'm done using the USB drive to boot, I usually use "fdisk" to repartition the usb disk.. I would create a new partition table and a new partition.. After that, I format the partition to required fs (using mkfs.vfat, mkfs.ext3, etc).

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#7 2011-05-11 03:31:03

stqn
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Re: [SOLVED]USB Recovery

Maybe a problem with your USB stick. It should behave in GParted like any hard disk.

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