This is a bizarre issue, that I hope someone can help with.
I used USB image writer on a stick, it took hours, and in the end the image didn't work. I tried both mint 11 (for an older box) and Peppermint 3, from inside Mint 14 Cinnamon.
I tried to do it again, with the same result. But even as admin (gksudo nemo), I couldn't get the files off the drive since it's a "read-only filesystem"...
OK, so I decided to format it using gparted, except gparted says it has no partition table so I created one, and while doing so it gave me a generic error. Now that stick is a brick, and a new partition table can't be written to it, it seems.
I thought it might be the stick, so I did it again with another one. This time it wrote it faster, but again the image wasn't bootable, I'm guessing because mint 11 is too old for the DD image write to work properly. Did it again with peppermint 3, no luck!
So now the question is, how do I get this image off of my USB??? elevated privelages doesn't work, I can't even reformat the USB stick, what is going on here? Again gparted said it had no partition table and so I made one, and the most bizarre thing is all the peppermint 3 data is still there. It shows that it has no partition, and when I try to write one says that it can't be written since it's in use by the system.
It would be amazing if the program offered an undo function to wipe the stick.