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Format and partition second hard drive using terminal? (Ubuntu Server 14.04)

this is my first question on here... So, I’ve installed Ubuntu server 14.04 (32 bit) on a VirtualBox virtual PC. Originally i just made it with a 32gb virtual HDD so since then I’ve created a new ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on a unformatted harddrive? [duplicate]

I would like to install Ubuntu on a computer with an unformatted hard drive, do I need to format my harddrive before installing Ubuntu, or can I just install Ubuntu without any problems? Greetings, ...
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How to format Ubunutu 14.04 from laptop?

I only have Ubuntu os in my laptop, I want to format it and reinstall it in my Laptop. I made a bootable pd of the os, an i am using a asus laptop but the bootable window wont open. I need help!
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Stuck at GRUB menu

I feel really dumb saying this... Thanks to the help I received on this forum, I finally fixed my Wine/Pipelight issue and could finally upgrade from 'Trusty' to 'Utopic'. To clean up extra files, ...
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How do I completly delete ubuntu 12.04 (only OS installed)?

I thought based on the tech spec alone, that the computer in question could work with it. I installed it from a disk on key. I thought it was slow because of that- but it's not.... I want to get rid ...
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Unable to format pen drive

These are the errors i am facing. I have tried gparted and disks. Gparted error: Input/output error during write on /dev/sdc Error formatting volume Error wiping device: Command-line `wipefs ...
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How to show hard disk file system format [duplicate]

I want to see what file system format my hard drive uses on Ubuntu server 14.04 (Like ext2, ext3, etc..)
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Expand root partition without formatting

I would really like a clear guide to expand my root (/) partition. The screenshot shows my partitions (Windows 7/Ubuntu 14.04 - dual boot) and as you can see /dev/sda3 is my Ubuntu partition. I would ...
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Format USB external disk for Ubuntu using OSX diskutil

I want to format a USB external disk using OSX's diskutil command-line utility, and I want to use a format for this that plays well with Ubuntu. The relevant format options I get from running ...
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How do I fix this hard drive?

I recently bought a 2TB WD Black hard drive and installed it in an enclosure to use as media storage for my Micca Spect media player. The installation went well and I booted into Ubuntu (14.04 LTS ...
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How do i completely wipe my HDD [duplicate]

Not only i want to low level format it, i want to reinitialize it, factory reset style, like some kind of HDparm but in the deepest level, like, absolutely destroying every sector and or hard drive ...
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How To Replace Deleted File Bytes With Random Bytes

Let's assume that I "erased" some file named important.txt. This file is still exists on the hard drive (invisible attribute changed to true), so what I am trying to do is find the important.txt that ...
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Unable to Format USB Drive

I have a 4.1 GB USB drive that has become unusable now. It previously had a Live version of Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I tried formatting it a couple of times through different techniques on GParted and the ...
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i have a usb floppy drive. how do i format a floppy disk with the ext2 file-system?

I have ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64 operating system installed on my desktop computer. it is a clean installation. i have a USB 3.5 floppy drive. I need to format a floppy disk with the ext2 ...
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Best way to wipe HDD with multiple partitions and format into NTFS

My laptop had a hardware issue while under warranty so I received a new laptop and am sending my old laptop and hard drive back. I want to wipe all data off of all partitions of my HDD, and send it ...
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setting date format in menubar on top of desktop

How do I change format? When I open "time & date settings" I find very limited possibilities. So is there any file which sets my date format in clock shown on top of screen? The only thing I need ...
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Ubuntu not working after formatting windows partition

When I formated my partition with Windows 8.1 on it and nothing else and restarted the PC the top bar disappeared, the menu bar disappeared, I am unable to start the terminal, the windows don't have ...
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Reinstalling Lubuntu

I got a problem when I tried to reinstall Lubuntu. I tried UnetBootIn, Live USB, UUI, and PenDriveLinux, but they all failed. A friend told me that my USB needed to be reformatted to FAT32 by using ...
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Format external hard drive to ext4 in command line [duplicate]

How do you format an external hard drive to ext4 via the command line in ubuntu?
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Formating SSD prior to install multiple OS

Maybe it's a stupid question but is it possible to partition a brand new ssd 500Gb before installing any OS on it? I would like to install Win 7 64bit home premium and linux ubuntu or mint as the ...
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how to format read only pendrive

My Pendrive is of read only format No delete file option is enabled I tried GParted the format to option is disabled Kindly give me some effective command line to format my pendrive Thanks in ...
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Swap vanished after reboot

I have installed Kubuntu 14.04 with an encrypted home directory. Although I had swap set up during the install, the swap space was not there after installing. This has happened to many people, there ...
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Ubuntu can't mount / format formerly TrueCrypt encrypted SD card which works on Windows 8

I have a 2GB SD card which I completely encrypted with TrueCrypt some time ago. However, I lost the key and there was no valuable data on it. Windows 8 formatted it to fat32 without any problems and ...
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USB Drive Format Error

I am trying to format my 19GB usb drive. I am currently using gedit. sudo gparted It works, but with a nasty error. (gpartedbin:7382): GLib-CRITICAL **: Source ID 7 was not found when attempting ...
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Will Ubuntu format and erase the partition I intend to install it on?

I've never installed Ubuntu (or any linux distro) on a hard drive before but now I want to install it on a partition and have a dual-boot setup with Windows 7 being on the C drive and Ubuntu on the ...
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Which option to choose in the advanced formatting? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my Netbook Asus Eeepc-900 from bootable USB. When I see partitions screen I just wanna one single partition and then install Ubuntu, but has some many options that I ...
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what will happen if I format the drive with ubuntu while in windows?

I have a dual boot windows-ubuntu and I am running out of Windows space. My ubuntu partition is atleast 200GB and now I need some of it, so I could have more space for windows. Can I format the drive ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Wipe

I would like to know how to wipe the contents of my hard drive completely? Also, It will be able to boot new Ubuntu on this hard drive after wiping, or it will be completely broken?
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Installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 and formating partitions

I will install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7. Will any partition be formated,or things will stay as they are?
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users and shares on external partition

I have tried my upmost to get this working and have lost the will to live but am not going to give up! Basically, I have 1 SSD which I have just installed Ubuntu 14.4.01 on fresh and I have created a ...
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Replacing Win 8.1 & Clearing Hardrive

I'd like to completely remove all files from my drive (factory reset, basically) and also uninstall Windows 8.1 from my machine. How would I do this, and if there are multiple ways to do it, what ...
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Problem with formatting memory card

I have memory card which I remove during a format on phone and is now not working. In windows it is showing in Device manager as other devices and not showing in disk management. I ubuntu 12.04 I ...
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Format a ext2/ext3 drive with open permissions

I need to be able to access an external hard drive on multiple linux computers. The drive needs to be formatted ext2 or ext3. How do I change the permissions after formatting in gparted. Or is there a ...
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Partitioning in Ubuntu?

I just want to ask what "/" and "/home" means? What if I format my PC and re-install Ubuntu? Does it affect the / and /home directory? I want to protect my files in case Ubuntu crashes and I need to ...
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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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Sandisk USB not detected by Ubuntu 14.04 but detected by Windows 7

I have a SanDisk 16GB USB drive that is not being detected by Ubuntu 14.04 but is detected by Windows 7. lsusb detects it but sudo fdisk -l or blkid doesn't. Even GParted and Disks don't detect it. ...
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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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USB pen (Kingston 16GB) is not detecting / mount in the system (Ubuntu 12.10 or Windows)

My USB pen (Kingston 16GB) is not detecting in the system (Ubuntu 12.10 or Windows). I tried followings but no any luck. Could any one give an idea to try... I want it with / without current data on ...
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Ubuntu Format volume for windows

While trying to wipe a drive with DBan I accidentally started the process on my laptop drive. The process ran for about 2 seconds before I stopped it but not before it caused some damage. I now have ...
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Floppy is read but not written on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm trying to mount a floppy drive (tested on windows98, it works) but I still encounter mounting errors. I enabled the floppy drive for my user - which has been disabled - and installed udisks. ...
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why is my ubuntu 14.04 32 bit fresh install painfully slow on my fitpc2

I have 14.04 64 on another machine running well on another machine. I installed 14.04 32 bit on this Fitpc2 mini pc with an intel 40 gig ssd drive because it has 1 gig of ram. I erased the SSD drive ...
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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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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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does live DVD totally erase windows?

I'm buying a new laptop august 13th, the Asus X551MAV-RCLN06 is the front runner. It has the Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor, 4 gb ram. The two options with the Live DVD are to use the whole ...
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Upgrade 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS

I want to upgrade my Ubuntu version 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS . Is there a way that I can install it with fresh copy and a formatted partition ??? I don't want my other drives to get formatted. But ...
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Recover ext2 filesystem after reformat?

I had an ext2 partition and by mistake I reformatted it to ext4. I immediately noticed the problem because at the next reboot my system wouldn't mount the reformatted partition, which got a new UUID ...
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Cannot repair a corrupted usb flash drive

I have an 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive (no-name), on which I tried a few days ago to copy a film of about 6GB. The flash drive had NTFS file system so I thought there will be no problems. But at some point ...
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Unable to correctly format and boot certain USB drives

I've just bought a small laptop, with no optical drive at all, and I would like to install an OS (in this case Crunchbang) on it. I couldn't have been create a bootable drive, on my Ubuntu desktop, ...
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Format 12.04lts and install newest version

I have 12.04lts installed but had troubles while upgrading it. All graphics configurations died and I can not change them. Dash disappeared and the applications bar vanished. I can not upgrade or ...