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SD card is writeable after reboot but then stops working

Here is the output of fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sdb: 33.6 GB, 33555480576 bytes 64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 32001 cylinders, total 65538048 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size ...
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I need a Program which can change Endings into new ones

I want to rewrite eg Movies ending in .mov into (eg ) .avi format. Likewise with Music eg : mp3 to wma . I know how this works under Windows, but not jet under ubuntu. Can anyone assist me please. ...
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Wi-fi after a fresh install

i have no idea if this is an existing question in the database or not. But i simply have no time to search through it all. My question is after a fresh install will i have access to wifi right away? ...
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How to properly format a flash drive, and use Ubuntu's USB Boot creator tool?

I constantly format my flash drive due to distro installations from a flash drive. every sigle time that i put a new distro in the flash drive using ubuntu's tool i find myself with an error when i ...
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Nautilus on trusty: where is the format option?

I can't find the format option in nautilus for USB pendrives (used to be in the right-click menu for mounted pendrives). In another question there was a comment about this, but I thought it was worth ...
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Help on Formatting an USB

I cant format my usb because i tried to install Linux Mint on it and then, when i wanted to erase all data just appears to be 1 empty Gb on Gparted but the usb are actually 2Gb But file explorer ...
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Unplugged USB stick while formatting - now not recognized any more

I was formatting my USB memory stick using Ubuntu and chose "Override existing data". I accidentally knocked the memory stick out of the USB port. When I put it back into my Ubuntu computer it was ...
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Change ext4 to NTFS for installing Windows 7 [duplicate]

I have a new installation of Ubuntu Mate and I would like to go back to Windows. I'm aware I need to convert it to NTFS and I have tried to make Disks work but it would not allow me to change/shrink ...
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How to format an external hard drive to ext4 in ubuntu 15.04?

I just got a WD mybook 6TB external hard drive. Most time, I will use it to transfer files between ubuntu systems. Sometime I use it for win or mac system. So anybody could suggest how to format the ...
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Disks Application Formatting

In the Formatting Option in the Disks application for Ubuntu 14.04, it gives the option to not overwrite existing data or overwrite existing data with 0's. I've tried both, and both clear the disk and ...
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Data recovery (importantly .lrcat files) after formatting ext4 partition to ext4

I wanted to do clean installation of Ubuntu, so I formatted previous EXT4 partition having / mountpoint from older Ubuntu release. I then changed my mind and installed new Ubuntu to another partition, ...
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How can I reformat this Flash drive to be ext4

How can I reformat a Flash drive to be not partitioned and ext4? The Disks utility does not work for me. This drive has no partitions currently and I have no need for Master Boot Record and it is ...
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Can I recover my previous media after factory reset?

I forgot my admin password and instead of resetting the password I actually clicked factory reset. I lost all my pictures and videos or you can say all media - everything. I have no other backup. ...
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Can't format hard drive after deleting Windows [duplicate]

I recently switched back to Ubuntu, no regrets on that end, but I have a 1TB hard drive I use for storage, and the famous Windows fastboot/hibernate issue that locks you out of the hard drive is ...
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Unable to create partition table

I have an SD card, and it says the only partition on it is a RAW partition. When I try to format it, gparted says there is no partition table. When I try to add one, it is unable to. (Only tried a ...
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Cannot format USB stick

2 hours ago, I plugged in my USB stick and used "Startup Disk Creator" in order to burn an Ubuntu-iso to my stick. Now, I cannot format my USB stick, I tried with Disks, Terminal commands, and ...
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Gparted doesn't create partition table

I wrongly used to command dd to create a bootable usb specifying the partition of the USB, and not the disk (with of=/dev/sdb1 instead of of=/dev/sdb and now I'm trying to recover the USB. When I ...
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How can I copy book chapters to my Gogear MP3 reader

I hope this a a Ubuntu question. I have a new problem with my Philips Gogear MP3 player: when I copy audio book chapters from Ubuntu 14.4 sometimes it truncates some chapters and it shuffles the ...
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Removing write protection on udf usb drive

I like many other have this question and can't believe no one has found a way around this. I have a usb drive that is a UDF format and can not format it was given to me by my company and said i may ...
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how to format USB Flash Disk using Ubuntu terminal [duplicate]

I'm a total newbie in Linux specially Ubuntu, I'm just asking on how to format a USB using Ubuntu terminal. Hope you can help me thanks!
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Please help recovering accidentally formatted NSA disk (linux raid)

I accidentally formatted wrong disk using gnome disk utility. The Toshiba 1TB disk has been used in NAS Zyxel NSA320 and i planned to mount it in my ubuntu to make a backup. I use only one 1TB disk ...
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How to format the unallocated USB drive and make it as Fat32?

I'm not able to format my USB as stated here and while following these steps : sudo su fdisk -l df umount /dev/sdb1 mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1 my bootable USB was changed to Unallocated format and it's ...
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newly formated disk is read only

I just reformatted a hard drive, with the ntfs file system, and its showing up as read only. How can I make it writeable? here is dmesg: ~$ dmesg | tail [49340.213245] sd 14:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching ...
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Analogue of Ubuntu's Disks in Xubuntu?

I just switched from Ubuntu to Xubuntu. I'm just trying to format a USB drive, but I don't find the Disks utility which I used on Ubuntu. Do I need to install something in Xubuntu in order to format ...
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ubuntu 14.04 not detecting external hdd ext4

I have a 3TB external hard drive that I have formatted to ext4 using gparted. Now when I plug it into my laptop ubuntu doesn't detect it at all. This is the fdisk output sudo fdisk -l Disk ...
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Know my windows 8 product key

I have had several problems trying to install Ubuntu alongside my windows 8.1 so as it was booting in UEFI mode, as Im not that into pc games, I decided to format the hard drive and just install ...
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Switching to Ubuntu from Windows

I've been using Ubuntu for a while now. I still have windows installed and it's taking up the majority of my hard drive space. I want to fully switch to Ubuntu though. I've backed up everything I need ...
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I want to fully switch to Ubuntu

Right now I have windows and Ubuntu on my laptop. I don't use Windows anymore. But it still has the majority of my hard drive space. How do I fully switch to Ubuntu. Also. It is apparently badly ...
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How to format hard drive without functional OS

I was previously dual booting Ubuntu and Windows but by mistake I have deleted a partition. I don't know which one but neither OS is getting loaded. It is stuck at this scene: Error:unknown file ...
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How to Recover USB flashdrive bricked during format [closed]

I formatted a live USB under windows, but it got completely bricked. It shows up in Disks as having a 478MB efi partition containing archiso(files are recognized, but I doubt they are intact) and 15GB ...
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Can't log in to format or remove Ubuntu

I can't log in to my Dell Laptop Inspiron 15 with Ubuntu 14.04LTS software. would any body please tell me How to format my laptop considering fact i can't log in.
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Unknown problem with mounting the external hard disk

I recently formatted my hard disk accidentally and then got some of my data back with TestDisk through copying. I didnt wanted all the stuff in it.But after doing that I could not open my external in ...
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Error wiping newly created partition /dev/sdb1

I know this may possibly a duplicate but i tried a lot of things to solve this error. There are already two partition and i am trying to create third one but it shows the following error. Even i ...
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Is there any way to unformat an external hard drive?

I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard disk.Is there any software to undo it.Or any way to just recover the photos in it.
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14.04 USB keeps mounting itself

I'm trying to format my USB flash drive, but when I sudo umount /dev/sdb1 it doesn't work. So I tried to format it with Ubuntu disk utility app. When I tried to unmount it, it keeps mounting itself. ...
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Cannot format memory stick to fat32

I am trying to format my usb stick on /dev/sdc, partition sdc1: sudo mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdc1 I get the following for a few seconds, no error: mkfs.fat 3.0.26 (2014-03-07) However, sudo fdisk ...
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After intalling Ubuntu it says that it will format loopback 1 and 2 and somethinmg like that [duplicate]

I recently installed ubuntu using wubi. After installation it asked to reebot so i reeboted my computer. Ubuntu starts and says something like format loopback 1 as ext 3 and loopback 2 as ext 4. I ...
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I want to format my hdds using the ubuntu installer [duplicate]

I have 3 drives and want to format them completely, I am told that the ubuntu installation format is the way to go. How do I use the installer to format without installing?
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Bash create custom string

how could in bash a pattern like ROW1 n1 n2 n3 n4 up to 300 be done with some command in bash or also just perl...the delimiter would need to be \t as above
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Can't format my externall HD: I/O error

I'm trying to format an external USB drive with GParted but the application can't see it. It says: Input/output error while reading /dev/sdc A sudo fdisk -l don't show anything about this drive... ...
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Formatting Hard Drives Takes Ages

I am formatting my hard drive using the "disks" utility. I selected my 3TB hard drive and chose the option not to partition it, but do a complete full erase (i.e. not the quick-erase option). It ...
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How to completely remove windows 8 from laptop

I am currently using Ubuntu 15.04 in my Lenovo ideapad Z510 which was preinstalled with Windows 8.1. Once I shifted to linux, I decided to dual-boot it with windows 8.1 temporarily. So later when I ...
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Error formatting disk

I'm trying to format my hard drive using a live disc, I need to change the partition table to GPT because my Windows install CD didn't work. The full error goes like this: Error Formatting disk ...
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Can't format hard drive [duplicate]

I'm trying to format my hard drive, and at the same time change it to GPT. I'll replace ubuntu with windows so I'm okay with losing all the data :) I searched disks, chose the main hard drive, ...
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How to set up Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive to backup an ext4 file system?

I just bought me a Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive to back up data from my laptop running Ubuntu 14.10. I tried unison file synchronizer, but I got errors Failed to set ...
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ubuntu partition formatted in windows 8 [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted my ubuntu partition in win 8. when i restarted the system, I am getting the grub > command line. I tried the ls command, and it listed the following: hd0 hd1 hd2 hd2 gpt7 ...
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Should you format your disk running Ubuntu? [closed]

Back in the days on Windows, I used to format my disk used with Windows once a year or so. Would you recommend the same for Ubuntu?
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How to specify block size when formatting?

I need to format a 4 GB Pendrive with blocks size of 4 KB in NTFS format type. I understand that I can do mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdb1 to give NTFS format. But is there any way (parameter or something like ...
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Pls Help.. think i lost my MAC HD (despered)

So... one of this days i decided to install ubuntu on my mac mini but not with dual boot... i just installed in mac HD.So today i wanted back my OS sistem and i tryed to format the HD ( from terminal ...
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When I Formatted an external hard drive in Ubuntu the drive disappeared from the list of devices

I just installed Ubuntu and I connected an external hard drive. I then went into the Files Icon and selected the external drive so I could format it. When I began the format, the drive disappeared ...