Trying to create a bootable usb with woeusb

so essentially im trying to create a bootable windows usb but for some reason i keep getting this:

[stolen-cinnamon@stolencinnamon-80s7 ~]$ sudo ./woeusb --device ~/Downloads/Win10_21H2_English_x64.iso /dev/sdb --tgt-fs NTFS
WoeUSB v@@WOEUSB_VERSION@@
==============================
Info: Mounting source filesystem...
Info: Wiping all existing partition table and filesystem signatures in /dev/sdb...
/dev/sdb: 2 bytes were erased at offset 0x000001fe (dos): 55 aa
/dev/sdb: calling ioctl to re-read partition table: Success
Info: Ensure that /dev/sdb is really wiped...
Info: Creating new partition table on /dev/sdb...
Info: Creating target partition...
Info: Making system realize that partition table has changed...
Info: Wait 3 seconds for block device nodes to populate...
Cluster size has been automatically set to 4096 bytes.
Creating NTFS volume structures.
mkntfs completed successfully. Have a nice day.
--2022-06-25 14:22:29--  https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/gh/pbatard/rufus@b30e3b387a3ca7a5e2fddebcc2c8f9538a89b868/res/uefi/uefi-ntfs.img
Loaded CA certificate '/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt'
Resolving cdn.jsdelivr.net (cdn.jsdelivr.net)... 104.16.85.20, 104.16.86.20, 104.16.89.20, ...
Connecting to cdn.jsdelivr.net (cdn.jsdelivr.net)|104.16.85.20|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1048576 (1.0M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘/tmp/WoeUSB.tempdir.yNGSB9/uefi-ntfs.img’

uefi-ntfs.img                           100%[============================================================================>]   1.00M   541KB/s    in 1.9s    

2022-06-25 14:22:31 (541 KB/s) - ‘/tmp/WoeUSB.tempdir.yNGSB9/uefi-ntfs.img’ saved [1048576/1048576]

2048+0 records in
2048+0 records out
1048576 bytes (1.0 MB, 1.0 MiB) copied, 0.389996 s, 2.7 MB/s
Info: Mounting target filesystem...
ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0xffffffff  size: 1024   usa_ofs: 65535  usa_count: 65535: Invalid argument
ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0xffffffff  size: 1024   usa_ofs: 65535  usa_count: 65535: Invalid argument
ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0xffffffff  size: 1024   usa_ofs: 65535  usa_count: 65535: Invalid argument
ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0xffffffff  size: 1024   usa_ofs: 65535  usa_count: 65535: Invalid argument
Record 0 has no FILE magic (0xffffffff)
Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Input/output error
NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a
SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
/dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the 'dmraid' documentation
for more details.
ERROR: Unable to mount target filesystem in /dev/sdb1
Info: Unmounting and removing "/tmp/woeusb-source-20220625-142217-Saturday.P2ylmg"...
Info: Unmounting and removing "/tmp/woeusb-target-20220625-142217-Saturday.qxtyQh"...
umount: /tmp/woeusb-target-20220625-142217-Saturday.qxtyQh: not mounted.
Warning: Unable to unmount "/tmp/woeusb-target-20220625-142217-Saturday.qxtyQh".
Warning: Some mountpoints are not unmount/cleaned successfully and must be done manually
Info: You may now safely detach the target device

Don’t really understand why it can’t mount the usb, I tried formatting the USB as well but that didn’t work either. When I try booting the USB the screen turns blue and then the laptop just turns off

Hi @stolen_cinnamon,

Make sure you have deleted any and all partitions on the thumb drive. Not just formatted it. If in doubt, please provide the output of:

fdisk -l

I am guessing the KDE removable device settings is automounting the device upon successful formatting and this prevent exclusive access.

I have been using woeusb - even wrote a guide on the subject

But with ventoy the need for woeusb to create a bootable USB Windows is not the same.

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yes I did delete all other partitions, i then created a new table

I get the idea you shouldn’t have created a new one, but I might be wrong. Look at, and follow @linux-aarhus’ advice and guide there.

hey, sorry but I tried ventoy and I’m fairly sure im doing something wrong because when I tried booting the USB it didn’t show up as a bootable device

just to confirm i have deleted all partitions this is the output:

Disk /dev/sda: 931.51 GiB, 1000204886016 bytes, 1953525168 sectors
Disk model: WDC WD10SPCX-24H
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 521249DE-3DD3-0645-93A8-F11124A302E1

Device      Start        End    Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sda1    4096     618495     614400   300M EFI System
/dev/sda2  618496 1953520064 1952901569 931.2G Linux filesystem


Disk /dev/sdb: 29.98 GiB, 32191283200 bytes, 62873600 sectors
Disk model: ProductCode     
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 42D939FD-5882-4F85-8B3A-D109C3ABC08A


Disk /dev/loop0: 4 KiB, 4096 bytes, 8 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop1: 255.73 MiB, 268156928 bytes, 523744 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop2: 256.54 MiB, 268996608 bytes, 525384 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop3: 55.52 MiB, 58212352 bytes, 113696 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop4: 55.54 MiB, 58232832 bytes, 113736 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop5: 61.92 MiB, 64925696 bytes, 126808 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop6: 61.93 MiB, 64933888 bytes, 126824 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop7: 6.27 MiB, 6578176 bytes, 12848 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop8: 6.29 MiB, 6590464 bytes, 12872 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop9: 65.21 MiB, 68378624 bytes, 133552 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop10: 164.76 MiB, 172761088 bytes, 337424 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop11: 81.26 MiB, 85209088 bytes, 166424 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop12: 44.7 MiB, 46870528 bytes, 91544 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop13: 46.95 MiB, 49233920 bytes, 96160 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Disk /dev/loop14: 129.3 MiB, 135581696 bytes, 264808 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

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