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I was trying to create a bootable Windows 7 USB stick using the instructions in the blog post below:

But after trying to format the /dev/sdb partition to ntfs from GParted, I'm unable to get the USB to show up. I pulled out and plugged the USB back in. Below is what shows up in GParted currently:

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I tried using tail -f /var/log/syslog and then plugged in the USB. Below is the output:

Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.380885] usb 3-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 29 using ehci-pci
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487435] usb 3-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=0718, idProduct=0619
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487440] usb 3-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487443] usb 3-1.3: Product: Ridge
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487445] usb 3-1.3: Manufacturer: Imation
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487447] usb 3-1.3: SerialNumber: 0707426E0AAA6E83
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487862] usb-storage 3-1.3:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34946.487962] scsi host19: usb-storage 3-1.3:1.0
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC mtp-probe: checking bus 3, device 29: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb3/3-1/3-1.3"
Jan  2 23:09:58 chaudharyp-PC mtp-probe: bus: 3, device: 29 was not an MTP device
Jan  2 23:09:59 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34947.486558] scsi 19:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Imation  Ridge            PMAP PQ: 0 ANSI: 6
Jan  2 23:09:59 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34947.487203] sd 19:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.514732] sd 19:0:0:0: [sdb] 15261696 512-byte logical blocks: (7.81 GB/7.27 GiB)
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.517199] sd 19:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.517202] sd 19:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 23 00 00 00
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.519059] sd 19:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.519061] sd 19:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.580889]  sdb: sdb1 sdb2
Jan  2 23:10:02 chaudharyp-PC kernel: [34950.588909] sd 19:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk

I used lsblk and got the following output:

NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda      8:0    0 931.5G  0 disk 
├─sda1   8:1    0   350M  0 part 
├─sda2   8:2    0   200G  0 part 
├─sda3   8:3    0   450M  0 part 
├─sda5   8:5    0   520G  0 part 
├─sda6   8:6    0  93.1G  0 part /
├─sda7   8:7    0  93.1G  0 part /home
└─sda8   8:8    0  24.5G  0 part [SWAP]
sdb      8:16   1   7.3G  0 disk 
├─sdb1   8:17   1   200M  0 part 
└─sdb2   8:18   1   7.1G  0 part 
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom 

sdb is visible here. It is also showing up in GParted. But it isn't showing up in the "Files" window.

I tried mounting /dev/sdb1 using mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt and then ran sudo mount and got the following output:

/dev/sdb1 on /mnt type vfat (rw,relatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)

The USB is still not showing up in "Files".

Please help me for this.

  • Where is the USB not showing up? – captainGeech Jan 2 '16 at 17:35
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    Run tail -f /var/log/syslog in a terminal and plug the USB. Add the terminal output to your question. – A.B. Jan 2 '16 at 17:35
  • sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt. You have to use the partition number. – A.B. Jan 2 '16 at 17:50
  • @A.B. tried doing that. Still not showing up in "Files". Also, how do I know which one of sdb1 and sdb2 to mount? – chaudharyp Jan 2 '16 at 17:53
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    @EduardoCola If I have the original product key, it shouldn't matter. Right? Or am I missing something? – chaudharyp Jan 2 '16 at 18:46
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/dev/sdb is your USB drive, and GParted is showing it correctly. It should be mounting fine in Nautilus. The USB drive is also bootable.

With the information you gave us in your question, that's the best I can do.

EDIT: Reformat the disk, as we know that works :)

EDIT 2: You can use unetbootin to make a Windows Install USB that is bootable.

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Try this thread and if it doesn't work try something related to it, it surely will work out. Otherwise let me know https://superuser.com/questions/835477/how-to-format-read-only-pendrive

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  • It is is considered good practice if you insert a summary into you answer instead of mentioning a link alone because the referenced page can disappear over time. – wie5Ooma Jan 2 '16 at 18:55
  • I am a new user. I'll remember from next time. Thanks – ashish Jan 3 '16 at 4:47

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