Hi, Manjaro forum,
I recently got a USB thumb drive with a weird problem. I’ve been told that it was removed from the computer while creating a bootable device (I think windows UEFI). it is read-only and named /dev/sda/.I want to format the device so it can be operable again.
here is some command and their outputs that might be helpful.
please feel free to ask for any other information.
A USB stick needs to be partitioned, even if it will be holding only one partition. The designation /dev/sda is the whole stick — or “drive”, if you will. The partitions on it will then be named /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, and so on.
Now, if you plan on using this as a bootable device, then the simplest way of doing it would be by way of ventoy, which is in the repositories. It will format the drive and make it bootable, and then you simply drag and drop .iso files onto it (in the second partition), and they will be bootable. Considering that it’s just a regular partition, you can also store other data in there.