How to restore a USB drive converted to bootable

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Sat May 2 14:13:57 UTC 2015

On 05/02/15 09:06, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> "William A. Mahaffey III" <wam at> writes:
>> I am about to do some OS installs (NetBSD & OpenBSD, as it happens) on
>> boxen under construction. I would also like to use UBCD on a flash
>> drive to memcheck those boxen prior to installation. If I prep a USB
>> thumb drive as either a bootable UBCD drive or an over-the-WWW
>> installer, I wipe out the drive for its original use. Is there a way
>> to restore the drive back to its original functionality if I wanted to
> Is "wipe the drive and reformat" what you need to hear, or do you have
> more requirements that you haven't made clear?

Wipe & reformat, preferably from CLI under FBSD 9.3R-p13 for 
convenience, is what I'm after. Clearly creating a bootable UBCD or 
installer will wipe out whatever was
there before, so I just want to get back to 'virgin' USB drive.


	William A. Mahaffey III


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