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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Unable to Format USB drive (Olympus)

    EDIT: I double posted, please see instead.


    I am trying to format a USB drive (it's actually a Olympus WS-300M, a digital voice recorder, but it acts like a USB drive. It normally mounts to the computer like a typical USB drive). in ubuntu 8.10. At this point, I'm not concerned about recovering any data on the drive. The device has worked with linux smoothly in the past, but the device has become corrupted (not sure how it happened) The device appears in nautilus, but none of the files within the device appear.

    The drive does not appear in gparted but it does mount, because: sudo fdisk -l returns:

       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdc1   *           1         500      255786    6  FAT16
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
         phys=(0, 1, 44) logical=(0, 6, 12)
    After doing some searching,
    I read

    and followed the directions.

    After unmounting the drive, I issued: sudo mkdosfs -v -F 16 /dev/sdc1
    This returned:
    mkdosfs 2.11 (12 Mar 2005)
    mkdosfs: unable to open /dev/sdc1
    Right now, I'm trying to find other ways to format this USB hard drive.

    Last edited by keyshawn; February 27th, 2009 at 05:15 PM.
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