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How to format entire HDD to it's factory condition? [closed]

I tried to install an image onto a secondary HDD but wasn't able to make it work. Now I want to wipe out everything on the HDD to it's original factory condition so I can try again. I tried using ...
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How to format a HDD in ubuntu 14.04

So i recently switched to Ubuntu from Opensuse, and i'm loving it. There's one problem though. I've found that the control centre is minimalistic (to say the least) and, coming from a guy with Yast2, ...
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New HDD formating on Ext4 root permission

I have this new 80Gb HDD I want to use it as a backup storage for my actual system (14.04) not a server. I formatted it with Gpart but I just can't write in it, when I search for permissions it tells ...
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Recovery of formatted hard drive!

i had accidentally erase everything option while switching to ubuntu. can you please help me to tell me how recover that drive please as there are many important documents and photos. please if i can ...
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1answer
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Make ext3 filesystem with 128 bytes inode size

I need to format external hard disks to EXT3 MBR with the iNode size set to 128 bits. This is for a very specific use, i.e. the delivery of DCP to digital cinema servers. I'd like to be able to do ...
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Formatting 2 hard drives through LiveCD [duplicate]

What I want to do is completely wipe the 2 HDDs that are in my laptop, erasing everything (windows, ubuntu) so its essentially factory new. From there I want to just reinstall Windows, bit I don't ...
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How do I install Ubuntu 14.04 without losing data on a Windows 7 PC (physically)?

I have this windows PC, and I want to install this Ubuntu physically without VMware. Last time I installed this, I lost up-to 160GB, and it was all of my hard drive. I have 4 drives C:, D:, F: and E:. ...
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1answer
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Nothing I do remains after restart

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 from a CD on my 64GB SSD. I made 2 partitions; 10GB for swap and the rest for the OS. I formatted them as ext4. Ubuntu ran fine, but I am facing a strange problem. No matter ...
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1answer
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Remove Ubuntu 12.04.4 from secondary drive

I am a novice and need help to solve the following. My computer. Intel i5-4440 processor, Intel DB85FL motherboard, Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-6 , 500 GB, primary disk with Ubuntu 13.10,64bit, ...
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Unable to Mount a hard drive previously used in Windows [duplicate]

So I have an ASUS laptop that I have 2 HDDs in and I just uninstalled Windows (probably going to install in dual boot later, maybe not) but I backed up all my important data to my secondary HDD. Now, ...
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Remove grub from blank hdd [duplicate]

I was getting rid of linux on a spare hdd i have laying around and i asked a friend to remove it and he messed up and formatted the entirething without getting rid of grub. The drive isnt showing up ...
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system freezes when connecting new external hard drive [closed]

I am logged in as root at the command line prompt. I have this new 4TB Western Digital My Book Studio USB2.0/3.0 external hard drive which I intend to use as backup storage. I tried plugging it in but ...
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4answers
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My hard disk has been formatted accidently [duplicate]

I chose the second option for installing Ubuntu because I thought it would only remove Windows (8.1). However, now I have an empty hard drive. I had very important files on my hard drive. What should ...
0
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0answers
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After installing Ubuntu as dual-boot: HDD Raw format

I had installed Win7 on my SSD 128gb and wanted to add Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it. My Ubuntu ISO was created on an USB Stick using Yumi Multi-OS installer. So i booted from USB, selected Ubuntu and then ...
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1answer
382 views

mkfs.ext4 parameters

I have a question about the ext4 filesystem and in specific about the tool mkfs.ext4. mkfs.ext4 -j -O extent <device> What does -j really do? In the manual it says that it creates an ext3 - ...
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1answer
547 views

Can I Reinstall and Format An Encrypted Hard-drive?

In layman's terms, I'm essentially trying to do a reset on my computer. It's my secondary desktop, so I don't have anything important on it. But since I moved, I misplaced my passphrase for the disk ...
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3answers
443 views

How can i install ubuntu on my ntfs hdd without formatting?

My hdd is just one partition in ntfs (500gb) and 430 gb is used by my photos/movies/music etc which i never will want to lose. Actually i installed ubuntu on a usb flash drive (using it right now) but ...
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2answers
305 views

Swap partitioned drive not able to access

I am new to Ubuntu however I installed it on drive (D) as my other partition (C) has Windows installed. I had selected a partition (F) for swap area while installing. Now I have un-installed ...
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2answers
536 views

Creating filesystem from nothing

I need to create filesystem with just one partition from nothing (/dev/zero). I tried this sequence of commands: dd if=/dev/zero of=mountedImage.img bs=512 count=131072 fdisk mountedImage.img n ...
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1answer
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Force format an external HDD

My Seagate 500 GB external HDD stopped working few days ago for unknown reasons. I don't really care about the data on it anymore. I just want it to work properly again but I cant format it in ...
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1answer
598 views

Error creating partition table on NTFS formatted hard drive

I'm having a problem with a friend's old external hard drive. The hard drive (1.5TB WD Caviar Green) isn't detected by any computer regardless of the OS installed. So I disassembled the hard drive ...
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2answers
997 views

How to back up your internal hard drive OS before instaling Ubuntu

Hi I was wondering how to back up my computer OS and my stuff before formating the hard drive and instaling Ubuntu because I do not want to lose my stuff and my OS. Also I do not want to buy a new ...
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1answer
323 views

Format ASUS external hard drive AN300

I am trying to format a new external HDD of ASUS (model AN300). Ubuntu recognizes only a "CD ROM" when I plug it to the computer, names ASUS Webstorage. I tried to follow instructions, on this link. ...
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1answer
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USB Hard Drives being only Read-Only?

I have finally gotten my Hard drive to be formatted in FAT32 but now, when ever I try to move a file onto it, it says: "The destination is read-only." I have been looking through it in GParted and ...
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1answer
169 views

Change Ubuntu to Windows

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. And now I want to use Windows as Ubuntu have lots of fail and my laptop is all time is overheated. I mean by overheated that you can't touch fan postion because it's so hot. ...
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Formatting hard drive failed

I am fairly new to ubuntu, so please don bite my head off if I ask a stupid question. Anyway, I tried formatting one of my hard drives using the gnome disks tool, and that returned an error. Error ...
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754 views

How can I uninstall Ubuntu in order to install Windows 7? [duplicate]

I can't work out how to do it. When I try to use my Windows installation disk, it won't even show a setup menu. I installed Ubuntu via a USB stick, and it is the only OS on my hard drive.
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How can I format a hard drive in Ubuntu to use it as storage?

I have an extra internal hard drive that I just want to use for storage. I want it to work with Windows (7) and Ubuntu. How could I just format it to have no operating system and just be used as ...
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1answer
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Buffer I/O error on device sda1, logical block 4684514

I'm trying to format a hard drive. I've used mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 after the fdisk command, but mkfs doesn't work! And when I press Ctrl+Alt+F6 I see this message: Buffer I/O error on device sda1, ...
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Formatting HDD and USB-stick results in broken “unknown” file system

I am trying to format a new hard disk (and a USB-stick) using GParted. After successfully formatting the drive (to ext2, ext4, ntfs, fat16, whatever), GParted tries to reload the partition data and ...
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3answers
283 views

Can Ubuntu partition and format?

Can Ubuntu partition and format before installing itself on a Dell Dimension 4400 whose HD is wiped clean of Windows XP?
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How to completely erase hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I am looking for software/script/whatever that can completely destroy data on hard ...
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1answer
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formatting a drive to FAT32 with mkdosfs, need some info

i'd like to know how can i specify the cluster size when using mkdosfs /dev/sdx -F 32, some where i read that if you want to format it with 32kb cluster size this is the command: mkdosfs /dev/sdx -s ...
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Format external hard drive

I'm trying to format an external hard drive (Iomega 1TB) using Disk Utility but when but when I select Format Volume or Format Drive, it shows me the error: Error creating file system: helper exited ...
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1answer
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How do I change the permision on a external HDD

Good day, I am a ubuntu newbie and I am having trouble using an external 3.5" HDD. I did some reading about file systems and decided to format my new drive to ex3. After formatting, I could not read ...
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1answer
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C drive partitoning/ formating simple volume [closed]

My C Hard drive is a simple volume and will not split. Wondering if i can format or change my C drive to a primary partition (so it will split) or if i can install ubuntu straight onto my C Drive and ...
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1answer
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Change MBR to GPT on external hard drive with data

Change MBR to GPT on external hard drive with data: I found a way for the internal one here. However the External drive is a Data drive only, I dont't need to care about any bootloaders etc. So is ...
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How can I install Ubuntu onto a external HDD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Ubuntu on external hard disk I have got an external hard drive and want to install Ubuntu onto it. How can I do this? The external HDD is a 'Western Digital ...
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How do I format my entire HDD?

Ok I have recently made some mistakes with installing some operating systems that I should have just kept on a live cd not ubuntu but another os and with my ocd when I saw my lot's of different ...
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Partition does not start on physical sector boundary?

I've one HD on my laptop, with two partitions (one ext3 with Ubuntu 12.04 installed and one swap). fdisk is giving me a Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary warning. What is the ...
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Not detecting HDD after installing Ubuntu 12.04!

After installing Ubuntu 12.04, which I'm using right now and it works great, my extra hard drive was detected the first time I turned on my computer but then it does not show anymore on my Home ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a hard drive with bad blocks?

I have a problem with my laptop,in which I'd had windows xp. That XP crashed and I couldn't restore it with the Install CD. So, I placed Ubuntu 11.10 install on a Pendrive, searched for some bad ...
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Is there any way to format my hard drive so that data cannot be restored? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I have 500 GB HD and I have very important personal data in it. The thing is that if ...
2
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5answers
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Cannot format 500GB USB HD: cannot create partition table

When I use disk utility I get the following error: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error gparted also cannot create ...
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2answers
617 views

How do I get a new drive integrated into my software RAID?

When I first installed Ubuntu a couple years ago, I set it up with a software RAID using the Ubuntu alternate install disk. I have two 500 GB drives in the RAID. A few days ago, one of the drives ...