I used Fedora Media Writer and successfully installed Fedora 32 Workstation on my PC. Now when I try to format my USB drive that I used with Fedora Media Writer it is not possible to find it in Windows “File Expolorer” only in “Disk Management”. I tried to format it in “Disk management” where I can see a MBR partition and another partition. It did not work to format the MBR because the options are greyed out and the other partition is possible to delete but not to create a new NTFS partition. Also, Windows 10 does not find the USB drive when I plug it in the PC, its only findable in the “Disk management” place.
Could you help me to fix my USB drive and maybe fix your Fedora Media Writer program?
[Moderators of this forum, I am not sure whether I am allowed to mention a third-party tool. Therefore, Apologies if I negated any rule(s) and you may remove my comment but only after @fedorauser2 has read the same.]
Oh, the fact that Rufus helped you with your USB stick does not indict Fedora Media Writer (FMW) in any way. In fact, it serves as evidence that FMW did not damage the stick. If your stick was marked “bootable” by FMW, the tool did its job properly by setting that flag ( gparted, parted, or testdisk in Fedora could revert that for you too).
Without setting the boot flags, your stick will not boot any Operating System (not only Fedora). I hope you can forgive FMW now.
Here is the thing: Explorer in Windows 10 will not reveal a boot-able drive formatted as a UEFI boot device. That is a design decision by the developers of Windows. It doesn’t mean the USB stick is bad. It means that Windows is hiding it from you – Windows protects system files/partitions.
I believe earlier versions of FMW could be used to restore the original partitioning on a USB stick. I have not tried it recently so don’t know if that is still the case.
I have had very good luck as mentioned above with simply using fdisk,gparted, and parted, as well as the fedora disks utility to restore the original partitioning on USB drives.
It is a given that when using dd or FMW that the USB is repartitioned to the size of the iso written to it and is marked bootable. To restore it will require having the partitioning restored by some tool designed for that purpose…
Thank you @twohot for the info about windows and the fact that Explorer will not reveal boot-able UEFI devices. I seldom use windows so had not encountered this issue.
ISSUE: I got this issue When I tried to boot the USB by fedora media writer.
First fix the USB to get recognized by windows. But you can still find the USB in disk management. right click on “my PC” → “manage” → “Disk Management”. Here you’ll find the USB that inserted.
Now assume you fixed the USB. Now it’s recognizable.
Don’t use fedora media writer now, I repeat DON’T.
Use RUFUS. download here Release Rufus 3.21 · pbatard/rufus · GitHub (official website)
Now boot the USB by RUFUS software selected the ISO image or DD image. NOTE: RUFUS downloads extra two additional files to boot the ISO image.
All the Best !! Hope you find these notes helpful.
You need to format your USB stick with a filesystem first if you plan to use it in a Linux or *BSD distro. However, if you plan to write an ISO file to said USB stick using Rufus in a Microsoft Windows environment, you do not need to format it with a filesystem. Rufus will take care of creating the appropriate filesystem for you.
It does, but I have not had 100% good luck trying that.
If running linux then gdisk or gparted can easily be used to create a new partition table and gparted can format the file system. If using windows then the method shown by Ariana seems the easiest and safest.
If I were formatting the USB for ntfs or vfat I would certainly use windows to do that. If formatting it for any of the linux style file systems then I would use linux since windows cannot format those file systems.