Quoting Marcus Furlong (furlongm at hotmail.com):
> Yeah, it's using the entire disk rather than partitions, so there is no
> partition table, but fdisk still tries to read from where it should be.
Remember how floppy disks inherently didn't have partition tables, while
hard drives did? A lot of people seem to have forgotten that
distinction in the new millennium, which I guess is understandable --
but the former type of device was carried forward into ATAPI (and thus
USB and similar flash-memory) devices, as the ATAPI Removable Media
Device (ARMD) BIOS Specification, written in 1997 by Compaq and Phoenix.
So, in essence, some flash devices are floppy-like; some are HD-like.
More at: http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6867
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