I thought I would be a rebel the other day. I was making a USB bootable of Mint 19. Instead of using the "Make bootable USB drive" option, I decided I'd try it this way because it was a new adventure. lol
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sudo dd if=~/Desktop/linuxmint-19-cinnamon-64bit-v2.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=1M
Figuring there was a conflict, I repartitioned and formatted the drive. A couple of things I find interesting after this.
1.) Even after repartitioning and formatting, the drive is still labeled "Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon 64-bit", just like the bootable USB drive.
2.) I can't change this label. I can rename and label individual partitions on the drive, but not the entire volume. There's nowhere in GParted that I can find how to do that.
Conclusion - I used a "make a bootable USB drive" command on a regular HDD. Now my HDD thinks it's a bootable USB, and when I boot from the actual USB bootable drive, they seem to conflict with one another. If I unplug the HDD, I'm back in business.
I want to use this 640 HDD to install Mint 19 on. How can I change the label of the ENTIRE drive - not partitions? How can I fix this conflict? There's likely something else going on in the background that I don't understand. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
And by the way - yes. It was not smart for me to do things this way. I get it. I take full responsibility, and now I'm trying to fix it.