All atempts to write a USB memory stick fail

Asked by Peter Simmons on 2015-11-19

OS Windows XP. Downloaded OpenELEC-Generic and created an image file, OpenELEC-Generic.i386-5.0.8.img on my desktop. Installed Imagewriter and went through the process with a USB 1.9Gb memory stick. Each time [different sticks and repeated] it appears to be writing, the stick light flickers, and it reads it the same, taking some time. Then when I try to access it there's nothing on the stick, zero data, it says the disc is unformatted do I want to format now. I've even formatted the stick first and it does the same thing. Trying it in another PC with Ubuntu OS which is where I want to install OpenElec gets the same results, trying to boot from it [what I did at first, not suspecting a problem] either screws the boot, or it skips the stick and boots normally.
What am I doing wrong?

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Jeff B (skydiver38) said : #1

I don't totally understand your whole process - are you saying that you have an OpenELEC img that won't burn, and *also* an Ubuntu img that won't burn?

Tobin - have you tested on XP? I don't have an XP system, so I'm not 100% sure that IW works on XP, but Tobin would know better.

What version of IW? You're browsing for your image file, then choosing "Write"? Properly ejecting?

Peter Simmons (veter) said : #2

No, I can't burn the Openelec to USB memory stick in Windows XP OS, so that I can install it on another PC running Ubuntu OS.
Just downloaded, so latest version I assume. I extracted the file from its zip onto the desktop and loaded it from there. Yes, I chose the source [well it identified it as soon as I plugged the stick in] and found the file then clicked write. Ir ran for some minutes, the stick flashing all the while. Then it reported the write was successful and I could use it now. The Ubuntu system couldn't find anything on it either, just in case it might have been Windows' inability. Did it several times, all same result.
Peter

Jeff B (skydiver38) said : #3

Thx for the clarifications. Perhaps the img is bad? Did you verify the checksum? Other than that, I'd wait for Tobin to chime in about XP support.

This is the image that you downloaded?
http://releases.openelec.tv/OpenELEC-Generic.i386-5.0.8.img.gz

I can try it with Win7 - see what happens....

Tobin Davis (gruemaster) said : #4

First, Win32DiskImager support for XP stopped in 0.9.0 due to changing API calls in the OS (it was either drop support or do some seriously ugly hacks to make it work, and since Microsoft dropped support, this was the logical choice). Having said that, I can make no guarantees on how 0.9.5 functions in XP.

Second, I do not know which image you are trying to use, but if it is from http://openelec.tv/get-openelec, then it is NOT a Windows compatible filesystem, so once you write the image, Windows will not recognize your usb stick. I have downloaded it and tested it in a VM, and also wrote it to a USB stick. The image is using a GPT partition table (common for new systems using uEFI Bios) with an EXT4 (Linux) partition.

FAQ #2723: “I wrote a downloaded image to my removable drive, now Windows says it is corrupted”.

Peter Simmons (veter) said : #5

Thanks a lot, I wondered if it was Windows, but
couldn't figure why. I can now proceed. Thank you very much.

Regards

Peter

At 17:27 19/11/2015 +0000, you wrote:
>Your question #274799 on Image Writer changed:
>https://answers.launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+question/274799
>
> Status: Needs information => Answered
>
> Related FAQ set to:
> I wrote a downloaded image to my removable
> drive, now Windows says it is corrupted
> https://answers.launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/+faq/2723
>
>Tobin Davis proposed the following answer:
>First, Win32DiskImager support for XP stopped in 0.9.0 due to changing
>API calls in the OS (it was either drop support or do some seriously
>ugly hacks to make it work, and since Microsoft dropped support, this
>was the logical choice). Having said that, I can make no guarantees on
>how 0.9.5 functions in XP.
>
>Second, I do not know which image you are trying to use, but if it is
>from http://openelec.tv/get-openelec, then it is NOT a Windows
>compatible filesystem, so once you write the image, Windows will not
>recognize your usb stick. I have downloaded it and tested it in a VM,
>and also wrote it to a USB stick. The image is using a GPT partition
>table (common for new systems using uEFI Bios) with an EXT4 (Linux)
>partition.
>
>FAQ #2723: “I wrote a downloaded image to my removable drive, now
>Windows says it is corrupted”.
>
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Tobin Davis (gruemaster) said : #6

Closing this as answered.

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