usb flash drive always read-only
A friend of mine recently gave me their old Gateway usb thumb drive. They had been having all sorts of problems with the security junk on it and could only use it on their old gateway laptop as a result. I was hoping to just blow away the crazy encrypted partition with fdisk and set it up with one big one so she should use it again. Turns out it ain't that easy.
I tried a few times to fdisk it and kill the partitions but continually got messages stating that /dev/sda was read only
a closer look at /var/log/messages shows
I've heard that some thumb drives have physical switches on them to toggle write protection but for the life of me I can't find one on this drive. I'm figuring that this is part of the amazing gateway thumb drive security system (so secure you can only use it on the gateway laptop you bought it with).
Anyone have a way around this? I'm no expert, I googled around a bit but didn't find anything helpful.
Any help would be appreciated.
Have you tried just mounting the drive? You should see if that works first. Then if it's still read only you may have to edit /etc/fstab. That should work for mounting the drive. I don't know what would keep it from reformatting it, though, unless the write-protect really is on. On a Lexar Jumpdrive it's a tiny white switch that's even with the case and easy to miss.
Thx for the response,
I've been staring at this thing all day, no such switch.
Mounting the drive manually results in a read only file system, regardless of what I put in fstab (or specify on the command line). I think the messages from the kernel in /var/log/messages indicate that no matter what, the device is seen as read-only. I'm at a loss here.
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