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    Fixing a LiveUSB

    OK, I've got a couple of flash drives and SD cards that I've been using to LiveUSB linux things through The universal USB installer. My problem is, I can't figure out how to revert them back to working in windows, preferably using windows. Anyone have a link that WORKS?

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    Last edited by slickymaster; March 21st, 2013 at 12:43 PM.
    Please mark your thread as solved if you get a satisfactory response.

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    Google for 'hp usb format tool'.
    Last edited by Cheesemill; March 21st, 2013 at 01:24 PM.
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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    OK, technically, the problem drive is an SD card, and BOOTICE isn't working. Will the HP thing work for me?

    EDIT the SD card shows up in Drive manager, but not in My Computer

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    OK, it doesn't even show up in the HP thing

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    Perhaps you should format the drives/cards in Linux, using GParted- I've always had good luck with it. Format them as FAT32 or NTFS.

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    OK, that probably shoul have been my first step. Trying noW!

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    this@this:~$ sudo su
    root@this:/home/this# fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xe54a8aa9

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 206848 935811071 467802112 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 2028 MB, 2028994560 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 246 cylinders, total 3962880 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x821bd032

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/mmcblk0p1 128 3958911 1979392 6 FAT16

    Disk /dev/sdb: 16.0 GB, 16008609792 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1946 cylinders, total 31266816 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x20ac7dda

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 63 31262489 15631213+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    root@this:/home/this# fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xe54a8aa9

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2 206848 935811071 467802112 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

    Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 2028 MB, 2028994560 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 246 cylinders, total 3962880 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x821bd032

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/mmcblk0p1 128 3958911 1979392 6 FAT16

    Disk /dev/sdb: 16.0 GB, 16008609792 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1946 cylinders, total 31266816 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x20ac7dda

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 63 31262489 15631213+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    root@this:/home/this# fdisk /dev/mmcblk0p1

    Command (m for help): d
    Partition number (1-4): 1

    Command (m for help): d
    Partition number (1-4): 2

    Command (m for help): d
    Partition number (1-4): 3

    Command (m for help): m
    Command action
    a toggle a bootable flag
    b edit bsd disklabel
    c toggle the dos compatibility flag
    d delete a partition
    l list known partition types
    m print this menu
    n add a new partition
    o create a new empty DOS partition table
    p print the partition table
    q quit without saving changes
    s create a new empty Sun disklabel
    t change a partition's system id
    u change display/entry units
    v verify the partition table
    w write table to disk and exit
    x extra functionality (experts only)

    Command (m for help): n
    Partition type:
    p primary (1 primary, 0 extended, 3 free)
    e extended
    Select (default p): p
    Partition number (1-4, default 1): 1
    No free sectors available

    Command (m for help): w
    fdisk: unable to write /dev/mmcblk0p1: Operation not permitted
    root@this:/home/this# fdisk /dev/mmcblk0
    You will not be able to write the partition table.

    Command (m for help): d
    Selected partition 1

    Command (m for help): w
    fdisk: unable to write /dev/mmcblk0: Bad file descriptor
    root@this:/home/this#

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    Re: Fixing a LiveUSB

    You may want to try running the delete and create new commands separately.
    Or use GParted if it is available.
    Just as a tip as well: you can use fdisk with sudo, no need to change accounts.
    Good luck.

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