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    Startup Disk Creator ruined my USB

    Startup Disk Creator ruined my USB drive. Now I cannot mount it, even with gparted. I downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 and used SDC (I don't see how I could have used it improperly. There's like 2 steps.) Machine wount boot from it. Can't mount it. What should I do?

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    Re: Startup Disk Creator ruined my USB

    Is this a usb hdd or usb stick?

    You can connect it and see if it's recognized at all, try:
    sudo parted -l (small L)

    That should list all disks with their partitions including usb hdds/sticks.
    Darko.
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    Re: Startup Disk Creator ruined my USB

    patrick@patrick-Aspire-5515:~$ sudo parted -l (small L)
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('
    patrick@patrick-Aspire-5515:~$ sudo parted -l
    [sudo] password for patrick:
    Model: ATA WDC WD1600BEVT-2 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 160GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 157GB 157GB primary ext4 boot
    2 157GB 160GB 2949MB extended
    5 157GB 160GB 2949MB logical linux-swap(v1)


    Model: Generic USB 2.0 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdb: 2073MB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 32.3kB 2073MB 2073MB primary boot, lba


    Error: /dev/sr0: unrecognised disk label

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    Re: Startup Disk Creator ruined my USB

    There it is, /dev/sdb, a 2GB stick. But it doesn't seem to have any filesystem on it.

    If you don't have any important data on it, and I guess you don't because you just wanted to overwrite it with the ubuntu install files, simply make a new msdos table. After that you can use Gparted to create new FAT32 partition. The start up disc is best to have FAT32.

    To make new empty table with parted:
    Code:
    sudo parted /dev/sdb
    mklabel msdos
    quit
    Darko.
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