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Registered: ‎03-23-2015

can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

I'm successfully running Mint Cinnamon 17.1 on my laptop as the only OS, and have successfully installed and run a 17.1 live version from a PNY 2.0 8GB thumb drive using Unetbootin.
But when I successfully install the live version onto a Sandisk 3.0 32GB Ultra Fit thumb drive, using the same method on the same laptop, during the Sandisk Live boot, I get the message (initamfs) "Unable to find a medium containing a live file system".

 

After formatting again to FAT32, I've tried Linux USB Image Writer and Unetbootin again, each attempt resulted in "unable to find a medium containing a live file system". Even though the ISO is successfully written to the drive.
I've tried booting from different 2.0 USB ports. Same failed results.
 
GParted shows the Sandisk partition flagged "boot" the same as the PNY drives.
 
So I then used terminal command: 'sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=4096' to completely zero out the SanDisk.
I formatted FAT32 again.
I checked the downloaded ISO MD5 for accuracy.
I used Unetbootin to write the ISO to the USB stick.
With the stick still in the port I restarted and opened the boot menu.
I checked the BIOS boot order. USB HDD: SanDisk-(USB 2.0) was listed first. I selected it.
I got the same failed results: The Linux Mint 10 sec. to boot screen opens, then the screen with the LM logo appears.
After awhile the same message appears:
"BusyBox v1.21.1 (Ubuntu 1:1. 21.0-1ubuntu1) built-in shell(ash)
(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containg a live file system".
I tried to boot the SanDisk on another laptop with the same failed results.
 
I used the terminal command to list and include hidden directories "ls -a" and listed:

. casper-rw ldlinux.sys preseed ubninit
.. .disk MD5SUMS README.diskdefines ubnkern
boot dists menu.c32 syslinux.cfg ubnpathl.txt
casper isolinux pool ubnfilel.txt
 
Which is exactly what one of my functional Linux Live PNY sticks  lists.
 
So my last attempt was to clone the functional Linux Live PNY USB stick to the Sandisk USB stick. After formatting FAT32 again I used terminal command:
sudo if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc bs=32M
It cloned perfectly, but again the SanDisk would start to boot with Unetbootin, then "unable to find a medium containing a live file system".
 
Is there any way to use SanDisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB Flash Drive for a bootable Linux Mint Live OS?
SanDisk Guru
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Registered: ‎07-23-2010

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

Very strange IMO.     

 

What does gdisk /dev/sdb1 show?  Assuming sdb1 is your USB drive, change accordingly.

 

Try Easy2Boot. See if it helps.

Ed
Important files = Backed up files
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Posts: 7
Registered: ‎03-23-2015

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

Thank you for your reply,

This the first time I've ever used gdisk. I'm learning alot trying to solve this problem.

Hear is what  gdisk /dev/sdb1  lists:

 

Partition table scan:
  MBR: MBR only
  BSD: not present
  APM: not present
  GPT: not present


***************************************************************
Found invalid GPT and valid MBR; converting MBR to GPT format
in memory. THIS OPERATION IS POTENTIALLY DESTRUCTIVE! Exit by
typing 'q' if you don't want to convert your MBR partitions
to GPT format!
***************************************************************

Exact type match not found for type code F400; assigning type code for
'Linux filesystem'
Exact type match not found for type code 1000; assigning type code for
'Linux filesystem'
Exact type match not found for type code 7400; assigning type code for
'Linux filesystem'

Warning! Secondary partition table overlaps the last partition by
3466974709 blocks!
You will need to delete this partition or resize it in another utility.

Command (? for help):

 

 

On this disk,  /dev/sdb,  I GParted a boot partition, FAT32  /dev/sdb1,  and an ext2 partition /dev/sdb2, labeled casper-rw,  to have a larger persistence storage than the FAT32 allowed 4GB. But even without setting up any persistence, it still was unable to run the Live stick.

Since I'm not familiar with gdisk, can you advise what I should do to make my SanDisk stick boot linux Live.

 

Thank for leading me in another direction,

Pete 

 

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SanDisk Guru
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Registered: ‎07-23-2010

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

Since I'm not familiar with gdisk, can you advise what I should do to make my SanDisk stick boot linux Live.

 

Did I mention trying the Easy2Boot app?  Smiley Wink

Ed
Important files = Backed up files
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Posts: 7
Registered: ‎03-23-2015

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

Yes you did.

I won't go any farther with gdisk.

I'll give Easy2Boot a try.

Something new for me to learn.

Thanks

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Posts: 7
Registered: ‎03-23-2015

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

Today I called SanDisk support.

I explained that the BIOS boot order lists: "USB HDD: SanDisk-(USB 2.0)" first. But during the boot sequence, I get a message, "Unable to find a medium containing a live file system". Yet when I examine the contents of the disk, all the system files are there. Phone support could not help with Linux or boot issues.

So I e-mailed customer support a second time and was told: "we can replace your flash drive with another drive that will be detected as removable drive in your computer".

I gave them the product code barely visible on the drive, was sent an RMA and a shipping label. And returned my drive today.

I will post a follow up when I receive the replacement drive. For anyone that might be experiencing the same problem booting Linux Live from a Sandisk SDCZ43-032G-G46.

Thanks to everyone for their suggested help in this matter. I'm learning from you guys.

daBrewer

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Registered: ‎03-30-2015

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

Hi,

 

I am having a similar issue with booting Linux on SanDisk Ultra Fit 32 GB. In January, I first bought a single such USB drive and I have installed Linux on it like on usual disk. I could boot it without issues, the product code of that drive was BM141024848V.

 

However, two weeks after that, I bought a set of 15 such drives, but the product code was BM141224848V this time. I can't boot Linux - during the boot procedure it essentially hangs as it's not able to find the USB drive and I get stuck with the "initramfs" prompt. However, I have discovered a workaround: simply unplug the drive, wait 2 seconds and replug it into the computer. Now type "exit" and press ENTER. The system should continue booting.

 

I have just bought another such USB drive, with yet another product number (this time from a different reseller): BM150224846D. This one also has the same booting issue. I need these drives for a workshop, so I have 3 more weeks to either make it work or simply buy something else. I'd hate to do this as these really look sexy and are very fast.

 

Regards,

Nejc

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Registered: ‎07-23-2010

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

[ Edited ]

I don't know what you're using to put Linux on your USB drives but Easy2Boot is a good tool for doing that.  And unlike many older tools used it is current and maintained.  It also supports putting multiple systems on a drive.  Check it out. 

Ed
Important files = Backed up files
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Posts: 4
Registered: ‎04-01-2015

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

I'm having the same problem. In my case, I'm not creating a live USB, rather, I'm installing Min Cin on the onto the Sandisk  Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB from the live CD.  I install the bootloader on the USB drive as well.  When I boot the laptop, I select the USB drive.  The same error happens at this point, and the procedure to unplug drive and "exit" works, but this is a terrible work-around.  Also, I have no problems with the exact same setup with other USB 3.0 32 GB drives.  My drive is BM141124848V / SDCZ43.  I'm really disappointed in the drive because I bought it specifically for booting Mint independent of Windows.

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Posts: 4
Registered: ‎04-01-2015

Re: can't boot a Mint Cin 17.1 live Sandisk Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB

I should add that the same problem happens with Fedora and trying to boot from a Sandisk  Ultra Fit 3.0 32GB.