According to your results the drive now has readonly turned off. Did you try to reformat the drive yet?
Yes, here are the results ( 2 ) again
[tony@localhost ~]$ su
[root@localhost ~]# umount /dev/sdb1
[root@localhost ~]# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
mke2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011)
/dev/sdb1: Read-only file system while setting up superblock
[root@localhost ~]# mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1
mkfs.vfat 3.0.12 (29 Oct 2011)
mkfs.vfat: unable to open /dev/sdb1: Read-only file system
[root@localhost ~]#I would like to add some additional information
Please understand that I don't have a clue if it is related or important.
I just observed and report
Read again...I don't know what or why I am doing this.( This is my first time in Linux )
When I put in Gparted LiveCD ,I see 2 partitions.
First partition is actually just grayed out ( unallocated ) and the 2nd partition is the data.
First sector 0
last sector 8063
Total sectors 8064
Total size : 3 Mb
However, if I click on unallocated space, a window pops up and shows me that ( inside that unallocated 3Mb
) there are 2 parts.
First part ( inside that unallocated 3Mb
) is gray = nothing
Second part ( inside that unallocated 3 Mb
) there is a 2Mb partition.
a)..This 2 Mb partition ( inside unallocated 3 Mb
) can be reduced to 1 Mb IF
you start from the rear, thus leaving 1Mb in front and 1 Mb at end.
This 1 MB can then be moved to left or to right
b)..However - This 2 Mb partition can not
be moved to the left or re-sized unless you use a)..
BUT...whatever I do, and click "apply" ....it always
bums out and returns to original, which is the equivalent of : NO...go home !
Message is usually straight....read only
If this is not related , please feel free to just scrap it.
Another thing I observed, which I don't know about is
When I copy a name , like DorisDay.mp3 from my
hard drive or from my
USB, and I copy that to a console ( terminal ) I get the following:
( please note that I will use ' @
' as the cursor in following example )
When I copy a name from this bad usb-stick to a console ( terminal ) I get:
Please note the space between 3 and @
If I move the cursor one
space to the left , the empty spave also moves to the left and wipes out the 3, as follows
I can not get rid of that empty space, so maybe it has a meaning. Dunno.
Why do I mention this....well.because I haven't a clue what I am seeing, and it's better to speak out as to withold ( any ) information.