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Thread: Error partioning a USB mass storage device.

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    Error partioning a USB mass storage device.

    I'm trying to get a USB mass storage device working. According to the disk utility in Ubuntu it isn't partitioned and the capacity is at 0.0 kb. If I attempt to format it I get this: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: In part_create_partition_table: device_file=/dev/sdc, scheme=0
    ped_device_get() failed
    . Is the device broken beyond repair, or is there some linux voodoo ritual that might fix this?

    Thanks for any help in advance!

    P.S: It doesn't work in Windows either so the problem isn't Ubuntu specific.

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    Re: Error partioning a USB mass storage device.

    Either the device is broken, or there is a read-only lock on it.

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    Re: Error partioning a USB mass storage device.

    Hmm. Is there a way I can figure out which one it is?

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    Re: Error partioning a USB mass storage device.

    If there is a little tab or slide-thingy on the side, then move it to the other position and try again.

    If not, then it's broken.

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    Re: Error partioning a USB mass storage device.

    Probably broke then. Thanks for your help

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