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.
Last edited by TMatherne (2011-05-11 05:10:02)
If you are done using the install, I would just reformat the drive. There are many options such as cfdisk or gparted.
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.
There are tutorials online, such as this one:
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.
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).