low level format for usb repair.

---hi, Manjarers....

I am looking for a software for low level formating USB drives for manjaro,
I need to repair my usb drive, unfortunately in windowz there is a software for that but I abandoned windows, can you help me....?

thank you in advance.

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Hi @baxtard :

Maybe this can help you:


BalenaEtcher : https://www.balena.io/etcher/
AUR Repository : https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/balena-etcher/
Installation with yay: yay -S balena-etcher

Image Writer:
AUR Repository : https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/imagewriter/
Installation with yay : yay -S imagewriter

Mintstick: AUR Repository: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/mintstick/
Installation with yay: yay -S mintstick

Also, this link can help :

Also i recommend editing this part :

I hope this help and good luck.

Do you need a tool for formatting your USB drive, burning an iso onto it or both?

At any rate, both mintstick and imagewriter are to be found in Manjaro's repo. They can be installed via pamac or via terminal:
sudo pacman -Syu imagewriter mintstick

You can use gparted also for formatting your drive.

Edit: even etcher is in the repo.

Low-level it is

Remove all external devices and list


Attach the device you want to format and list


Now that you know the device path e.g. /dev/sdj you can proceed.

This command is - as you would expect - destructive - so please double check the of=/dev/path before you press enter.

Replace sdX with the device from above.

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX status=progress oflag=sync

When the device runs out of space - you are done.

The most simple utility to format USB devices is mint-stick - but you can use Gparted, Disks - what ever you prefer.

If for any reason you need create a stick holding a Windows based ISO - bios update using Hiren's BootCD comes to mind - a guide is available.

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I used to follow this technique to restore USB thumb drives:


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