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Old 12-04-2007, 03:16 PM   #1
Taysider
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Angry USB 4gig drive


I know i should have unmounted it first but....being fairly new i forgot and just pulled it out, now my 4gig shows 8meg!
I ran dmesg and it sees both 4gig and 8meg but does not come up on desktop. I even put it in my friends Xp to try to format it but it can't, although i can see and open it in explorer.
I've tried to mount it ...no luck.
Any ideas before i throw it in the bin and put it down to the learning curve.
 
Old 12-04-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Try using testdisk to fix the partition table. Beyond that, I'd try shredding the drive (shred -f -n=1 /dev/sdxx -- of course use the right device -- shred will overwrite the data block by block). Then try to reformat it with GParted or fdisk.
 
Old 12-04-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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Hi pljvaldez,

Tried the testdisk...no luck only seeing 8mg
shred coming up with the following

shred: =1: invalid number of passes

Dave.
 
Old 12-04-2007, 03:40 PM   #4
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Sorry, it should be shred -f -n 1 /dev/sdxx without the equal sign.

As for testdisk, did you run through trying to recover the partition table?
 
Old 12-04-2007, 04:10 PM   #5
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Angry

pljvaldez

testdrive coming back with:
Disk /dev/sdf - 8388 KB / 8192 KiB - CHS 1024 1 16
Analyse cylinder 6/1023: 00%

and shred saying
shred: /dev/sdf: fdatasync failed: Input/output error
 
Old 12-04-2007, 04:19 PM   #6
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Hmmm. You can try dd directly. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdf bs=512 count=1 which should overwrite the drive with zeros.

You can also try using dosfsck -a /dev/sdf. It's a bit like running scandisk on the drive.
 
Old 12-04-2007, 11:28 PM   #7
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hi,

Thats what i think could have happend to my USB,
it used to be 1 gig now it under 50 mb.
I can not remember ever unmounting it : (
 
  


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