Originally Posted by setzer715
Thanks but what do you mean "partition and format" with a flash drive? Are you saying there should be more than one partition and there isn't? I've formatted the flash drive a few time in windows always as fat32. Is there another way I should do it?
I have an Ubuntu Live CD if you think I should do it in Linux but I'm VERY new to Linux and have no clue as to what commands to use to accomplish this.
It is possible to skip the partition table altogether and just start with the FAT32 data instead. This is what the manufacturer of the drive has done. (The drive doesn't have any partitions, so there is no first partition to be named "/dev/block/sda1")
You should be able to use the drive if you mount "sda" instead of "sda1". You can follow these instructions below to make it behave like the other drives:
If you have an Ubuntu LiveCD, boot from it, and open GParted (Partition Editor):
Choose your flash drive from the drop-down at the top right. Make absolutely sure you select the correct device (the size of the drive is listed), as all data on it will be erased
In the menu: Device --> Create Partition Table... --> Apply.
Click on the "unallocated" space, to select it.
Next, menu: Partition --> New --> File system: FAT32 --> Add.
Finally, menu: Edit --> Apply All Operations
(When finished, close GParted and shutdown the liveCD)
The drive should now show up with the expected /dev/block/sda1 partition.