creation of startup disk makes usb unwritable and unformattable

Bug #1575937 reported by Joe Liau on 2016-04-27
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
usb-creator (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Description: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Release: 16.04

  Installed: 0.3.2
  Candidate: 0.3.2
  Version table:
 *** 0.3.2 500
        500 xenial/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Steps to reproduce:
1) Insert USB
2) Launch Startup Disk Creator
3) Create bootable USB with 16.04 LTS 64-bit image

What happens:
- USB is now bootable (sometimes) with Ubuntu, but:
- USB has no write capability
- USB cannot be formatted

What should happen:
-USB should be able to be used for storage as well as boot
-USB should be formattable and re-writable

Ivan Baldo (ibaldo) wrote :

I think that was the previous behavior in older releases.
Seems like a regression, why is it this way now instead of how it was before?
I only have one pendrive at all times with me and I always had Ubuntu in it and my files, now do I have to carry two pendrives?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in usb-creator (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Joe Liau (joe) wrote :

Moreoever I am unable to re-use these drives as anything else. They are unformatable by any conential means that I can find.

Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote :

You can use Unetbootin instead of usb-creator in Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial), it's available in ppa:baltix-members/ppa and

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