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Reset USB MBR, shows as empty removable disk in My Computer

By hellokitty[hk]
May 28, 2009
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  1. So I had my OCZ Rally2, it had linux on it, and it was bootable and working just fine.
    I accidentally reset the MBR on the flash drive while I was fixing another computer's MBR (i'm not sure if you should delve into this further, i'm not even sure I know what I did). It no longer boots or is accessible on windows. When I plug it in, all it does is make a new Removable Disk on my computer. The drive is empty and asks to insert a disk when clicked on.
     
  2. xehqter

    xehqter TS Rookie Posts: 85

    In linux (or windows) try running TestDisk to recover the MBR.
    Does the drive show up in Disk Managment?
     
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 4,368   +125

    Ok...

    Ahh yes, it does show in disk management, as the correct size too. Linux can't open it either.
    I don't object to a format, no important data, I would know better than to put anything on a flash drive i'm screwing with xD.
     
  4. xehqter

    xehqter TS Rookie Posts: 85

    Not sure if its relevant in this case but post this question on the OCZ forums, the admins will send you the latest firmware. it fixes many "issues" with the dirve.
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 4,368   +125

    A little tight on time, but the HP USB format util recognizes it just fine. I will try tomorrow, maybe.
     
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 4,368   +125

    Ok, I did try using TestDisk, and i've posted a similar thread on the OCZ forums.
    Redoing the MBR didn't work, still the same symptoms. I do have a dos program that will make my flash drive's MBR bootable again, which I think will fix the problem, but it must be run from the drive, and I can't use my flash drive it seems. I do have the program and acompanying code, if someone knows how to make it run on a different drive than it is executed from, that might be useful, though windows also might not let it touch the drive. The batch file simply executes a program, maybe I can just change the drive path.
    Code:
    %~d0
    sysl\win32\syslinux.exe -ma %~d0
    if exist ldlinux.sys goto done
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 4,368   +125

    OCZ forum advisor asked for a simple reformat with their utility, which he PMed me the utility (very interesting utility too), i'm not sure if I should mention it, though I doubt there would be a problem.

    Thanks.
     
  8. xehqter

    xehqter TS Rookie Posts: 85

    Its a customized version of the mass production utility for the flash drive. It reloads the firmware and does a low-level format of the drive. Each OCZ drive has a different tool. Its not a tool for recovering your data, more for returning the drive to a functioning state. The better question is how it got in that state to begin with, long term I probably wouldn't trust the drive.

    Most manufactures just write the drive off as failed, OCZ is nice in that they'll give you a repair tool.
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 4,368   +125

    No, that was my fault...I unintentionally wiped the MBR, very long story you probably don't want to hear. So far, my OCZ drive and support has been great, and fast. OCZ ftw!
     
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