Error reading pen drive

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Sat Aug 21 19:33:07 UTC 2010

Parshwa Murdia wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 2:02 AM, Bill Davidsen <davidsen at> wrote:
>> It's working fine, no errors on the drive, only you destroyed the partition
>> table and all data. At this point I would use fdisk to create a partition (see
>> below), and them create a filesystem on the partition.
>> Typically these devices come with a FAT16 or VFAT file type. If you ever want to
>> use it with any MSFT OS then you should do that. Create a partition and use the
>> 't' command to set the type, type 'c' is FAT32/LBA and is probably what you
>> want. Format the filesystem (/dev/sdb1 not /dev/sdb) with mkfs.vfat (for MS
>> compatibility) or mkfs.ext2 (Linux use). Do NOT use ext3 or any other journaling
>> filesystem, as it tends to shorten the life of the media.
>> That should get you back working.
> But again that doesn't solve because that pen drive is now nowhere
> working (in any PC with any OS). So it made me to conclude that the
> pen drive has some internal sector badly corrupted or not possible for
> repair!

What happened when you used fdisk to define a partition on the drive? What error 
message did you get that caused you to conclude the commands to create a valid 
partition had failed?

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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