Kingston DTSE9 16 Gb USB pen drive (genuine one) suddenly becomes read-only. It has been used in a car, permanently plugged in into the USB socket as music collection for approx 6 months. It was barely written to, 5 times max. It could have been exposed to extremely low temperatures (-2 degree Celcius, Manchester, UK).
Any attempt to format or partition fails. I have searched internet. I have tried OSX, Windows and Ubuntu. I can afford to throw it away and buy 10 new ones (wasted much more time already trying to format it) - but it's a matter of principle, right?
My guts telling me it is possible to mount it manually in Unix/Linux in a special way - but I'm not strong in that. Any suggestions from a unix command line gurus who appreciate matter of principle? Or is it the time when machines are beating human yet? I know this site is the best on the internet, so if no-one here can help then no point fighting it further.
Oh. There is no physical write protection switch on the drive