An enigma wrapped in a conundrum surrounded by a mystery for you to consider.
I have a 4Gb PNY flash drive. Never given me any problems.
I copied some video files from Mint 6 to another computer running Fedora 11
The drive was set up with FAT32
Now I can't delete any (or all of the files).
When I try to change permissions it just says "The permissions of "disk" could not be determined"
I have read all the forum posting which might be of some help.
I tried fiddling about with fstab as inviewtopic.php?f=49&t=18497&p=110531&hilit=usb+flash+drive#p110531
But that didn't work.
I tried Lolo's quite clever solution fromviewtopic.php?f=90&t=12482&p=77830&hilit=usb+flash+drive#p77830
but that didn't work. Terminal said the operation wasn't permitted.
I hope I have the luck of Kymacviewtopic.php?f=90&t=11533&p=70986&hilit=usb+flash+drive#p70986
Using root doesn't make any difference. ditto for sudo in terminal.
I tried using GParted to format the drive but it shows a ring of keys next to the drive and has most of the options, including format to, greyed out.
Windows is no help and even the normally solid command prompt in Windows says no you don't have permission.
I think that wherever on the drive the permissions settings are stored has become corrupt and now I need a fail safe way of completely formatting the drive and starting from scratch.
In every environment (Windows, Fedora and Mint) the stick plays the files on it fine. That is to say it reads everything fine.
Permissions have just been mashed.