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Old 05-30-2011, 09:47 AM   #1
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Broken USB Disk

I have an 2gb USB Disk that won't work anymore. No partition application, gparted, fdisk or cfdisk can read from it and DD can't write to it. They all give an I/O error. I get this message from dmesg when attaching the drive to my computer.

[ 2700.923265] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[ 2700.923283] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Sense Key : Illegal Request [current]
[ 2700.923301] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] Add. Sense: Logical block address out of range
[ 2700.923321] sd 4:0:0:0: [sdb] CDB: Read(10): 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00
[ 2700.923357] end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 0
Is there any application that can fix completely broken disks? I have always believed that DD could save anything, but not this time.
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I'm sorry to say that there is nothing you can do to fix a broken USB stick. If it's dead, that's it, it's over. There is no recovery, there is no fix. That's why you don't store important data on it.
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Well I'm not talking about recover the data on it but being able to create a new filesystem on it. But if it's broken beyond repairs, well then it's good that it's a cheap small 2gb disk.


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