USB Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Vici, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Vici macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2011
    Short Story:

    Made a bootable USB using Pendrive on my PC.

    Deleted the files on my Mac.

    Can't be used now on PC, won't reformat on PC

    Did I destroy the USB?

    Long Story:

    I'm learning how to work with Linux for my job and since my mac is older (Macbook Pro 2.2) I decided that's the one that will be the test subject. I used Pendrive to make the USB bootable. The USB was bootable but was never able install Fedora or CentOS, it froze after I selected the iso to boot from. In my defeat I booted OSx and deleted the files on there. When I took the USB back to my PC it wouldn't/ couldn't read the USB. It just wanted to reformat it which it can't. Does anyone know what happened? Did I destroy my USBs?
  2. cocacolakid macrumors 65816


    Dec 18, 2010
    Does the Macbook still recognize it? If so, use Disk Utility to reformat it as exFat, or dl the trial of Paragon's NTFS for Mac and format it to NTFS. Windows should recognize it in either of those formats.

    However, I don't know what format it needs to be in to make any Linux distro bootable, you'll have to make sure you are using the right format.

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