USB stick and some help with it. [SOLVED] The usb stick is in the trash now.
mueller6724 at bellsouth.net
Wed Aug 5 08:21:42 UTC 2015
from Warren Block:
> Okay. Just to review:
> When having trouble writing to a USB stick on FreeBSD, the first thing to
> suspect is old partition metadata. That can be removed with 'gpart destroy'.
> After that, suspect USB quirks and then hardware problems, in that order.
> Very little besides gpart(8) and dd(1) should be needed. Maybe usbconfig(8)
> for USB quirks.
> I have not found a Linux utility similar to gpart in capability and ease of
> use. Some Linux utilities can be useful, but don't reach for them until you
> have tried what is available in FreeBSD. And please be careful about applying
> Linux remedies in FreeBSD, because they are not identical systems.
I like Rod Smith's gdisk for GPT partitioning, more versatile in creating different partition types: can run on modern MS-Windows, Mac, Linux, and is in FreeBSD ports.
I wouldn't give up on a USB stick, unless it's physically broken as happened to me once, until trying it with Linux, one useful version being System Rescue CD (sysresccd.org).
I've had USB sticks, including a discontinued Kingston Data Traveler model, that were not readable/writable on NetBSD until a fix, then became not readable/writable on FreeBSD.
These USB sticks are OK with Linux (System Rescue CD), and you can even install and boot FreeDOS on one of these USB sticks.
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