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April 25th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Hi All,
I am not able to delete the files in the Kingston flash drive. I have root privileges. still it is not showing delete option and nothing happens when try to press Del Buttion

I am ok to clean up the flash drive. Is there any way?

Thanks in Advance

April 25th, 2009, 08:04 AM
It is mounted as read only, I found out. How can we mount it read write mode?

April 25th, 2009, 08:34 AM
Is there a switch on that drive somewhere to "unlock" it? Many drives from this manufacturer have them. An easy shortcut (if you don't have too many important files on it) is to format the flash drive.

April 26th, 2009, 06:39 AM
Following is the message from dmesg

[ 1447.600601] usb 4-5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[ 1447.743053] usb 4-5: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 1447.897868] usbcore: registered new interface driver libusual
[ 1447.960348] Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
[ 1447.975899] scsi2 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[ 1447.979434] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[ 1447.979451] USB Mass Storage support registered.
[ 1447.980236] usb-storage: device found at 3
[ 1447.980241] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[ 1452.980767] usb-storage: device scan complete
[ 1452.982058] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 PMAP PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
[ 1453.224910] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] 15646720 512-byte hardware sectors (8011 MB)
[ 1453.226049] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 1453.226059] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
[ 1453.226063] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 1453.229905] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] 15646720 512-byte hardware sectors (8011 MB)
[ 1453.230778] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 1453.230786] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
[ 1453.230790] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 1453.230803] sdb: sdb1
[ 1453.232074] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
[ 1453.232149] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0

April 26th, 2009, 06:41 AM
When I explore the USB drive to see the files, i get the following message

[ 1576.199743] FAT: Filesystem panic (dev sdb1)
[ 1576.199758] fat_get_cluster: invalid cluster chain (i_pos 0)
[ 1576.199762] File system has been set read-only

April 26th, 2009, 07:00 AM
The following command ( after a search in Google) solved the issue

sudo dosfsck -a /dev/sdb1

Then safely removed the USB drive.

Plugged in again. It worked.

Thanks a lot

April 26th, 2009, 07:44 AM
Just have the command directed to the drive right? Like /media/disk-1?

August 23rd, 2011, 01:31 AM
I've got two 4GB SDHC cards that are stubbornly read-only. After a Picasa Import with delete imported files, it leaves the photos on the cards with a little red x in a circle on the photos Picasa can't delete. The cards just get fuller and fuller. Only my camera can delete them, but that's either delete everything or awkwardly delete one at a time.

I tried sudo dosfsck -a /dev/sdb1 but got
dosfsck 3.0.7, 24 Dec 2009, FAT32, LFN
open: Read-only file system

On Windows, chkdsk said it was unavailable for a RAW file system.

Yes, the read protect sliding tape is set away from "protect". Tried this slider both ways.