Remooving U3 from USB drive.

Beartooth Beartooth at
Mon Apr 27 20:02:23 UTC 2009

On Sun, 26 Apr 2009 07:56:51 -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote:

> A question which appeared on fedora-list recently was how to remove U#W
> from a USB drive. I did not see a resolution until the following web
> link:

	I've been trying to do that, and have a long thread going at

called "How to wipe thumbdrives??" 

	I've tried formatting under XP; under Gparted; under QTparted; 
and going as root to a mounted one and using rm & rmdir. *Some* of my 
thumbdrives now *seem* to be clear; and several do function as bootable 
media with other distros.

	Since those bootable drives are my chief current concern, I 
haven't been nearly so meticulous about tracking what I've done with 
which as I might; but i *think* I've picked up a joker in the deck. 

	Afaict (and I mean what my .sig says), a given Fedora app may or 
may not always see this U3 foulness when looking at a given thumbdrive. 
Often Fedora will tell me a drive is empty, but show a pie chart with 
less than 100% available space -- and an open folder with ostensibly no 

	There is one post in that thread with a technique using dd; I 
haven't tried it yet, but probably will.

	In particular, I've two or three times downloaded that .exe and 
installed it under Wine. When launched, it asks me to insert a drive -- 
whether or not I already have -- and then does nothing, and offers 

	If I could find non SanDisk Cruzer thumbdrives here, I'd never 
buy another.

Beartooth Staffwright, PhD, Neo-Redneck Linux Convert
Remember I know precious little of what I am talking about.

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