[Nottingham] Deleting virtual CD drive from Western Digital USB HDD

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Thu Sep 9 12:15:43 UTC 2010

On 09/09/10 13:01, Simon Sleaford wrote:
> Hi Cam
> Unfortunately not:
> *simon at 106602-1004:~$ sudo umount /dev/sr1*
> *simon at 106602-1004:~$ sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sr1*
> *mkfs.vfat 3.0.7 (24 Dec 2009)*
> *mkfs.vfat: unable to open /dev/sr1*
> *simon at 106602-1004:~$ *
> I'm stumped.

There's always the old favourite "dd" to nuke the partition table...

But first, best check that what you are seeing really is the HDD and not
some device firmware generated virtuality...

What do you get from:

ls -lh /dev/sd* /dev/sr*


Have you got data on the main partition that you do not want to lose?

What's the harddrive make/model?

Is it a HDD or a big (expensive!) SSD?


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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