# Ubuntu – Unable to Format USB Drive

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I have a 4.1 GB USB drive that has become unusable now. It previously had a Live version of Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I tried formatting it a couple of times through different techniques on GParted and the Disks Utility. None of them worked properly
Gparted would tell me that a Partition Table was required. When I tried creating a partition table, it would give me a I/O error. When I tried the Discs utility, I would get a 'No Media Found' error.

I tried using the Ignore option on GParted tool.

Now whenever I start GParted, I get a error popup saying

Input/output error during read on /dev/sdc

The Window is titled "Libparted Bug Found!"
sdc is the USB drive.

Screenshot after clicking on Ignore:

### Here is the easy answer:

1. Open gparted
2. Select the correct device in the menu Devices
3. Go to DeviceCreate Partition Table
4. Choose msdos
5. If that fails, throw away the USB stick: It's broken. :-(
6. Now format
7. If that fails, throw away the USB stick: It's broken. :-(