[IAEP] [SoaS] Reformat USB stick, How?

Caryl Bigenho cbigenho at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 27 01:36:59 EDT 2010


Thanks for all the suggestions.

I took the easy way out... Mac Disk Utility worked beautifully!  It actually went like this:

Disk Utility--->(choose the usb stick)---->Erase 
VolumeFormat: MS-DOS(fat)
Security Options: (pick one!.. I used zero out)

This took 6 minutes to erase.  There were other options, including a very quick one that leaves some data behind, up to a super-secure one offering 35 times as many passes!  That would have taken 3-1/2 hours! Zeroing out once should be enough for making SoaS.

Now, since no one has answered my concerns about using a direct download from Fedora's Live USB creator for windows using my cute little mauve colored eeePC I'm going to give it a try anyway. If it crashes and "burns" I guess I can use the restore disk (after I buy an optical drive for it).

I'll let you know what happens....


> Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:14:42 +0200
> From: andrea.mangiatordi at gmail.com
> To: cbigenho at hotmail.com
> CC: soas at lists.sugarlabs.org; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; support-gang at laptop.org
> Subject: Re: [SoaS] [IAEP] Reformat USB stick, How?
> Caryl Bigenho wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > 
> > In my experiments trying to create usable SoaS sticks, I have had a few 
> > flops.  Unfortunately these USB sticks now have a severe "identity 
> > crisis." They believe they are actually CDs.  You can't write to them.  
> > You can't rename them (at least not in a way a mere mortal like me knows 
> > how to do).  Do I have to just junk them (like throwing away money... 
> > not good).  Or, is there an easy way to reformat them and start all 
> > over?  Maybe even a hard way?
> Hi,
> you should be able to reformat them by using different tools:
> - on MacOS: disk utility -> reinitialize disk to FAT32 format
> - on linux: gparted -> you can delete partitions, shrink them, copy them 
>   on a per byte basis...
> - on Windows: you should be allowed to "format" them from the right 
> click menu which opens on them in Explorer
> hope this helps,
> Andrea
> -- 
> Andrea Mangiatordi
> http://www.farfalla-project.org/
> http://bglug.linux.it/
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