Formatting a write protected flashdrive

Tim Tebbit ttebbit at
Sun Sep 20 02:06:28 UTC 2009

Pat Brown wrote:
> I know this has been covered before, but I can't find the
> documentation for it. I have a flashdrive that is write protected. I
> would like to delete everything on the drive and use it for new
> storage. How do I do this? I looked through the forums and can't find
> any answers.

LOTS of ways. gparted, parted, mkfs...

What filesystem?

sudo mkfs.ext2/3/vfat /dev/sdb* double check you know your device. plug
it in and check with 'dmesg |tail'

Check the man pages. 'man mkfs'

Or the long way with gparted.

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