Problems when creating Live-boot usb stick

Mick M. off_by_1 at
Thu Jul 8 14:59:34 UTC 2010

> The question, how can I recover  the original volume
> amount, 8G. If
> this is related to the file systems (ext3), which one
> should I choose
> so the volume get back to the original.
> Thanks for any kind of response.
> AA
> -- 

Try this:
open a terminal
'su -' become root

'fdisk -l'  see existing drives
plug your stick in
'fdisk -l'  find your drive

'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb' clears out the MBR ans the partition table.
let it run for a while.

'fdisk /dev/sdc'
'n enter'  creates a new part
'p enter'  primary
'1 enter'  partition number
'enter'    start at 1
'enter'    last cylinder
'a'        make it active so you can boot it 
'1'        partition number 1
'p'        print it to screen and make sure it looks ok
'w'        write it out

Then: 'mke2fs -j /dev/sdb1 -L 8G-USB'
Unplug it and plug it back in, it should be detected as '8G-USB'

Sorry if this is too simplistic, no insult intended.
The key step is the 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb' 

Mick M.


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