I have somehow managed to write an iso 9660 image onto my USB drive, which makes all my computer think that the device is actually a CD. I have tried various methods of removing this partition, but nothing seems to work. I have tried
fdisk, which says
$ fdisk -l /dev/sdb Cannot open /dev/sdbparted crashes when I try to use it on this device.
I have even tried
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdbbut it just hangs with no output (either on screen or on disk). However, when I plug the USB in, it does mount, and I can view (but not edit) the files on it.
edit: now the result is
$ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb dd: opening `/dev/sdb': Read-only file system
I have also tried re-formatting it on Windows, but it gets to the end of the format process and then says "Couldn't format the drive".
How can I remove this partition and get my whole USB drive back to normal again?
EDIT 1: Trying a simple
mkfs doesn't work:
$ sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdb mkfs.vfat 3.0.0 (28 Sep 2008) mkfs.vfat: Will not try to make filesystem on full-disk device '/dev/sdb' (use -I if wanted)I can't do
/dev/sdb1because there is no such partition, as shown:
$ ls /dev | grep sdb sdb
EDIT 2: This is the information posted by dmesg when I plug the device in:
$ dmesg . . (snip) . usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=058f, idProduct=6387 usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3 usb 2-1: Product: Mass Storage usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Generic usb 2-1: SerialNumber: G0905000000000010885 usb-storage: device found at 4 usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning usb-storage: device scan complete scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access FLASH Drive AU_USB20 8.07 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 4069376 512-byte hardware sectors (2084 MB) sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00 sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 4069376 512-byte hardware sectors (2084 MB) sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00 sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through sdb: unknown partition table sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0 ISO 9660 Extensions: Microsoft Joliet Level 3 ISO 9660 Extensions: RRIP_1991A SELinux: initialized (dev sdb, type iso9660), uses genfs_contexts CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 15000 nsecThis shows that the device is formatted as ISO 9660 and that it is
EDIT 3: This is the message that I find at the bottom of
dmesg after running
cfdisk and writing a new partition table to the disk:
SELinux: initialized (dev sdb, type iso9660), uses genfs_contexts sd 17:0:0:0: [sdb] Device not ready: Sense Key : Not Ready [current] sd 17:0:0:0: [sdb] Device not ready: <> ASC=0xff ASCQ=0xffASC=0xff <> ASCQ=0xff end_request: I/O error, dev sdb, sector 0 Buffer I/O error on device sdb, logical block 0 lost page write due to I/O error on sdb