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Registered: ‎12-13-2012

Formatting ReadyCache for use as boot drive

I bought a 32GB ReadyCache on Cyber Monday not knowing it is intended to supplement an existing HDD.

After endlessly trying to format the drive to GPT with ext4 to no avail, I sent a question to Sandisk Support.

They said the drive can be used as a standalone drive after it's formatted. So, my question is how can I do this and what am I doing wrong?

 

Each time I create a partition table with a formatted partition I get on the error:

Unable to detect file system! Possible reasons are:

- The file system is damaged

- The file system is uknown to GParted

- There is no file system avaliable (unformatted)

- The device entry /dev/sdc1 is missing

 

Whether I format it to GPT or MBR with ext4, ext2 or Fat32

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank You!

SanDisk Guru
Posts: 4,548
Registered: ‎07-18-2007

Re: Formatting ReadyCache for use as boot drive

the ssd is simply a normal ssd and can be used like any other ssd. if formatting is failing it is possible the ssd is bad. from your email i assume you are using linux which i cant help much with. do you ahve anything else i.e. a windows or mac computer to try to format the drive in?

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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-27-2013

Re: Formatting ReadyCache for use as boot drive

vaaaaaaaaarney : exactly the same here: I bought a 32GB ReadyCache on Cyber Monday not knowing it is intended to supplement an existing HDD. So i decided to format it - as a standard drive - with linux (aptosid or siduction = debian sid ) 1.) gparted (as root) 2.) vfat (fat32) 3.) . . . if there is a prob at 1.) fdisk -l (L) as root and: mount /dev/sdxx /mnt (xx=a1 or so) I am now happy with the SandDisk ReadyCache32GB ! But: QUESTION: how can i update/check my ssd firmware/bios VERSION (because of: other ssd are always developed with monthly-new bios/firmware) is there any around at SandDisk downloads ? ...or is it like : SandDisk firmware: SanDisk-ULTRA 32GB ??? IS the 32GB-SandDisk ReadyCache-SSD a SanDisk-ULTRA32GB-SSD or so ???
SanDisk Guru
Posts: 4,548
Registered: ‎07-18-2007

Re: Formatting ReadyCache for use as boot drive

If you have Windows installed you can use the sandisk SSD tool kit or FW updates for all other OS the FW updates will be posted on this board as well. To date there has not been a FW update for the ReadyCache SSD