My 8GB pendrive originally contained only a FAT partition, but I tried to install OpenSUSE 11.4 on it. I created a 200MB partition for
/boot and the rest was for the root partition.
Despite the minimal size of basic OS installation (490MB) I got errors during install stating the rpm couldn't unpack packages (around 20% of the install process). After several such errors (which included bash rpm) I gave up, and restarted computer.
Now I have a pendrive with no partitions at all, and I am unable to create any.
fdisk fails with error "fdisk: unable to read /dev/sdc: Invalid argument",
gpart fails with error "Floating point exception", Windows 7 refuses to format it, and when I check the properties I see capacity 0, used 0, available 0 space, and so on.
How can I re-partition this disk?
dmesg output after inserting pendrive:
[ 9980.463056] usb 1-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4 [ 9980.579456] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0930, idProduct=6544 [ 9980.579460] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3 [ 9980.579462] usb 1-1: Product: TransMemory [ 9980.579464] usb 1-1: Manufacturer: TOSHIBA [ 9980.579466] usb 1-1: SerialNumber: 000FEAFB7A60C971F3D40B8A [ 9980.579916] scsi12 : usb-storage 1-1:1.0 [ 9981.580536] scsi 12:0:0:0: Direct-Access GENERIC USB Mass Storage 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 [ 9981.580738] sd 12:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0 [ 9981.585276] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] READ CAPACITY failed [ 9981.585279] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE [ 9981.585283] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Sense Key : Illegal Request [current] [ 9981.585287] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Add. Sense: Invalid command operation code [ 9981.585766] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off [ 9981.585769] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 65 44 09 30 [ 9981.585772] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through [ 9981.590519] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] READ CAPACITY failed [ 9981.590522] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE [ 9981.590525] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Sense Key : Illegal Request [current] [ 9981.590529] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Add. Sense: Invalid command operation code [ 9981.591780] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through [ 9981.591783] sd 12:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk
Thank you for all responses. Just one clarification -- it wasn't just a try to run a distro for pendrive (however I did it before and it worked). I keep linux on pendrive just for some tests, I run it once a year maybe. But today I tried to get valid boot partition, the rest of the system was not important. But of course, if this is pendrive death case, what I wanted to do with it in future didn't matter for this poor thing :-)