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    mount usb without filesystem

    So, I have this USB thumb drive, and I think it got its filesystem destroyed, either by electric shock for magnet (if that's possible) and I want to try and mount it before throwing it away, like, it doesn't auto-mount, and probably doesn't have a filesystem.

    How would I either mount it, locate it, or create a filesystem on it?

    I believe it's recognized, but just can't mount, but how would I see if it's recognized as well?

    Thanks

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    Re: mount usb without filesystem

    Yep, found it with lsusb so it recognizes it...

    Code:
    jacob@jacob-ubuntu:~/Desktop$ lsusb 
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 058f:6387 Alcor Micro Corp. Transcend JetFlash Flash Drive
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

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    Re: mount usb without filesystem

    Try gparted to format to a filesystem of your choice, though you will have to unmount it first, or you will not be able to do anything to it.

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    Re: mount usb without filesystem

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Try gparted to format to a filesystem of your choice, though you will have to unmount it first, or you will not be able to do anything to it.
    I've tried that. It doesn't show the unallocated space/partitions. And it doesn't even say that it found it, yet the command 'lsusb' does.

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    Re: mount usb without filesystem

    see if it has a device name linked to a "block image"

    sudo blkid (i hope it works)

    then use that device name with mkfs

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    Re: mount usb without filesystem

    Quote Originally Posted by renkinjutsu View Post
    see if it has a device name linked to a "block image"

    sudo blkid (i hope it works)

    then use that device name with mkfs
    That worked great! That is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you man!

    Now I don't have to throw it away

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    Re: mount usb without filesystem

    xD no problem man

    My internet was down the whole day, and when it was back up, this thread was the first thing i checked.. I get a good feeling when i'm able to help

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