Why am I getting this ‘error formating volume’ when trying to format my USB stick in Linux and how can I format it?

Mubeen May 2, 2011
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I am trying to format my USB stick, but it is giving an error saying:

“Error Formating Volume”
Error creating file system: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error…

Does anybody know this? How to format it?

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  1. Frank Ribbensky
    November 19, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I'm having the same trouble: Can't delete files just puts them into the trash but the trash won't empty them, can't format it etc could it have a lock on it maybe ?

    • Tina
      November 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Frank,

      if none of the solutions provided here work and if you are still seeking for a solution, I recommend you to ask a new question. It will be posted on the MakeUseOf Answers front page and will receive a response within a few hours.

  2. Mubeen_3162003
    May 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    @FIDELIS: Thanks for the sites.. but it is no helping... after running all the commands stills its showing the same error.... any other tricks to format the stick....

  3. FIDELIS
    May 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Hello, here is a link describing how to format a usb drive on Linux:

    http://nikste.wordpress.com/2007/01/12/how-to-format-usb-memory-stick-in-linux/

    here is another link explaining two different ways of formatting on linux:
    http://blog.sriunplugged.com/linux/how-to-format-a-usb-in-linux/

    • Mubeen_3162003
      May 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      @FIDELIS: Thanks for the sites.. but it is no helping... after running all the commands stills its showing the same error.... any other tricks to format the stick....

  4. Josh Fox
    May 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Have you tried doing this as root?

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