I was being unable to access my USB drive. After following the instructions listed here, I found this response:

$ sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1

mkfs.fat 3.0.28 (2015-05-16) /dev/sdb1: No such file or directory

When I tried to follow the instructions listed here, I found the unmount option (and all other options in the menu) in the Disks GUI utility to be disabled. So I tried to create a partition using the utility and encountered this error:

Error formatting volume

Error wiping device: Command-line 'wipefs -a "/dev/sdb1"' exited with non- zero exit status 1: wipefs: error: /dev/sdb1: probing initialization failed: No such file or directory (udisks-error-quark, 0)

I would appreciate suggestions for a way forward from here.

  • The instructions you linked don't mention wipefs, but anyway, do you have a /dev/sdb1 device? lsblk should show your partitions. Or maybe you just needed to add sudo?
    – Xen2050
    Apr 2, 2018 at 21:02
  • @Xen2050, Sorry I forgot to include one of the posts I tried and mistakenly mentioned its response as the response to another post. I have corrected it now. Would you be so kind to go through it once again?
    – NurShomik
    Apr 2, 2018 at 21:45

1 Answer 1


I have finally solved it with help of GParted. All I had to do was reformatting. Following is what I did:

  • Install GParted:

    sudo apt install gparted

  • Right click on the disk (which was listed with a red exclamation!)
  • Select Format to
  • Select ext4
  • Click on the Apply All Operations button

That solved it!

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