flash drive - ntfs

Roby electricalsciences at adelphia.net
Mon Aug 6 00:44:10 UTC 2007

jack wrote:

> I have a 4Gb flash drive that came with a strange part table on it...
> I wanted to flush it and create an ntfs file system on it so that I
> could then go through the tutorial listed here:
> http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu_edgy_eft_ntfs_ntfs_3g
> I was able to fdisk this drive and remove the strange part table, and
> changed the fs type to 87 (NTFS volume)...
> But cannot create an ntfs filesystem on it, since all attempts to do so
> return with "device busy"... I've tried unmounting the drive and
> re-mounting, but get the same results.
> Any input here is greatly appreciated.
Unmount it to solve the "device busy" status.  Are you sure 
you want type 87 rather than type 17?

In any case, with the device NOT mounted, try
$ sudo mkfs -t ntfs /dev/sda1
( using the appropriate device name )

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