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Problem formatting USB Drive

I am unable to format a USB drive. I tried changing the permissions by using the command below: /media$ sudo chmod 777 F84E-1690 "F84E-1690" is the drive name. But it gives below message: chmod: ...
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Hard drive not detected in ubuntu live boot

I wanted to format my hard drive. i booted Ubuntu 13.10 but the hard drive is not available for mounting. The hard drive is also not detected in either fdisk or gparted utilities. There is no sda* ...
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Format a USB stick completely

How can I delete all data that is on stick? For example I have this problem: My stick has two partitions A (3.7 GB) and B (330 MB). How can I merge the two partitions in one and to delete all data ...
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can't format memory stick, get errors

I tried to format my memory stick,it says operation failed, but I get the following errors: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: cannot open /dev/sdb: No medium found. ...
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Installing Ubuntu +Grub/lilo from usb

When I'm trying to install 12.04 on my formatted drive. it works fine until the master boot loader step. It can't install lilo or grub. It throws this error for grub Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' ...
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Using GParted to rescue data and format hard drive to NTFS

I'm having problems booting to Windows XP due to bad sectors on the hard drive. I've tried fixboot and fixmbr from the recovery console. That only made matters worse. Now I want to use GParted to ...
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Format impossible usb key 64Go

I can not format my usb key drive. Also my USB key is not shown. But when I use the program Disk I can see it. I used disk app Ubuntu and it show that I have no volume and no media on it : Media ...
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Can't format or delete partitions in pendirve cause of gpt table error

This is what I got while trying to format a partition in my pendirve: Error deleting partition /dev/sdb1: Command-line `parted --script "/dev/sdb" "rm 1"' exited with non-zero exit status 1: Warning: ...
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The installer fails the disk space check

The installer fails the disk space check and errors with: “has at least 4.4 Gb available drive space” I launch a terminal to display space: df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted ...
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Forwarding HTML in Kmail

Kmail is not respecting HTML formatted emails when I forward them. In templates, %FORCEDHTML just removes the message in the editor. How to?
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How to create a .bz2 file from a directory without using tar?

I've been searching on the internet and used Archiver to make .bz2 files. My archiving tool only makes tar.bz2 and my game host doesn't read that. It reads .bz2 files only. Is there a way to make a ...
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Running off disc, can't format internal HD

I have 12.04 on a disc, in an external drive connected by USB running, and using disc utility I get this message when trying to format the drive: "Details Error creating partition table: helper ...
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Formatting drive doesn't do anything and shows no errors

I apologize for any noobness, I'm fairly new to linux and I've tried searching and troubleshooting on my own but I've come up empty handed. I'm attempting to format a USB drive but running into ...
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Does clonezilla format the destination HDD?

I want to make an image of my OS partitions. I just have a HDD with important data on it here which i won't format because of it's data. Now I want to know if clonezilla formats the destination HDD ...
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Usb boot device totally unable to be formatted

I'm really upset by now, I've been trying 2hours straight to format a stupid usb drive (I'm new to ubuntu and I dont know if I will last long at this rate) Basically this was the lubuntu boot usb key ...
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GParted Won't Format FAT32 Partition

I get this error when attempting to create a FAT32 partition with GParted: mkdosfs: failed whilst writing FAT I've tried creating a new partition table first, wiping the drive (with 0's), and ...
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Ubuntu is still on rEFIt

I just used a Ubuntu Live DVD to uninstall ubuntu from my mac by formatting both ext4 and linux-swap partitions to fat32 and then deleting them (so I could resize mac's partition later using apple's ...
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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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I cannot format my flash usb stick - newby user [duplicate]

I have the latest edition of ubuntu, formated my pc 1 week ago. I Right clicked on the USB flash partition and I sow the format option. It is not grayed out, I do the format, it shows no files when I ...
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Formating Ubuntu installer on a usb stick

I have a USB stick with 8 GB and I want to put the ubuntu installer on it. Once I am done installing Ubuntu on my computer can I format the USB stick so the Ubuntu installer is not on there anymore? ...
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Formatting a hard drive-Daemon is inhibited

I'm brand new to Ubuntu (and still getting my sea-legs with computer repairs in general) and am attempting to completely start from scratch on a hard disc that had a bad install of Vista in order to ...
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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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Error while creating new partition on SD card

My SD card was locked, using a Nokia phone, and I had forgotten the password. So I cleared the SD card in my Ubuntu 13.10. When I tried to create a new partition, it showed the following error: Error ...
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after formatting and reinstalling trash is full

so I formatted hard and reinstalled 13.04 but the trash was full. I mean it kept all the files I deleted on previous system (same 13.04). is it normal?
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Absolutely can NOT format this sd micro card

Have been reading and trying to format this sd card (no, the switch is unlocked). I have Ubuntu 12.04, the card is in a hub. The name for the card in my file menu is MOT (if that helps at all) there ...
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Format a pc with a GRUB error

i have a pc with a grub error {caused by deleting ubuntu partition in XP dual boot} i would like to format the hard disk and install a new OS [chromium] i do not have either the ubuntu or the XP ...
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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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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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Installation was stuck after the partitioning screens have gone by, now no OS or any partitions on my hard drive

I'm in a sticky situation. Here's the scenario: I have been trying to install Ubuntu mini 13.04 on my Dell Latitude D810 laptop, but I get stuck after the partitioning screens have gone by. Now here's ...
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Printing an email

I am strugglging with a serious lack of unix knowledge. I would like to download an email and print it immediately on receipt. System info: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Running as a VM EDIT TO CORRECT THE MTA ...
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How to format a USB or external drive in 13.04? [duplicate]

I am using Kubuntu 13.04. How to format a USB or external drive?
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Can't recover formatted Ext4 partition file system. :( Suggestions?

I've been at this for days now, so I'm hoping you can help me! Original setup: This is a 200GB firewire drive, originally formatted via Ubuntu 11.04 Disk Manager with a Master Boot Record, and a ...
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How to remove other OS to free space?

I have installed Ubuntu on my Mac (dual boot). I find that I've not used the Mac OS at all in the last year. I need more space now and wish to delete my Mac OS. How can I do this? Thanks!
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Recovering a file after having formatted from NTFS to EXT4

I used to have windows 7 but I've recently formatted my hard drive to install kubuntu and I've just realized that I forgot to backup a hidden .dat file which defines my bitcoin wallet. Is it possible ...
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how to format my computer, wipe out windows, and set it with only ubuntu? [duplicate]

I am absolutely new to linux and don't know a whole lot about this, but I'm trying to learn! I already looked through old questions and it seems that usually the installation of Ubuntu offers the ...
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how do i format my hard drive to ntfs from ext4 [duplicate]

I have a usb with my windows ISO loaded and ready. Problem is there is no ntfs partition on my hard drive for windows to load onto. I don't want to complicate things by running 2 operating systems. ...
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Is there any way to retain word 2010 format?

I have some resumes and other documents that are really format dependent. They were originally created with Microsoft Word 2010, and is there any way to put them into ubuntu and have them still be ...
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can i format from the installation directly?

There are a lot of files on my hard drive. There's a huge partition from the first time I chose to install Ubuntu and I wasn't sure. Windows vista will no longer start and Ubuntu has too. I want a ...
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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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Will all the drives be formatted if I replace Windows 7 with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Hello I am a Windows 7 user and I am planning to replace it by Ubuntu. I have three drives and windows 7 is installed in drive C. I just want to know that weather all my drives will be formatted while ...
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Deleting Ubuntu [duplicate]

I have tried to format the hard drive but I can't! I have tried to use the Disk Management option that says format, but it won't let me as it says it's busy. I can't install Windows as the hard drive ...
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Trouble mounting/formating 16g SanDisk USB

I'm having trouble mounting or formating my 16gig SanDisk USB. When I run sudo fdisk -l I get this return Disk /dev/sdc: 16.0 GB, 16008609792 bytes 64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 15267 cylinders, ...
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Format USB drive using mformat? [duplicate]

I have tried many different things to try to format my USB drive, but none of them work... how might I do this using the mformat commands? thanks!
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External HDD in RAW formatted. Will ubuntu be able to access the device and use/recover my data

I have an external HDD, which somehow is now in RAW format, but I need the data off it. Will Ubuntu allow me to view the files stored on it and also copy them to a new HDD?
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I can't format disk in USB floppy drive

I need to low-level format floppies with an external usb floppy drive in ubuntu 10.04 (or later) server. I have tried the tools that come with util-linux-ng, and contain (specifically) fdformat. ...
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Uninstall ubuntu in a strange manner

I have failed by the installation of kali linux and remove windows. instead I installed Ubuntu 13.04. I have a boot-able USB with windows 7, but I cant boot from it. My question is, can I uninstall ...
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How do I make a read-only file system writable for pendrive

When I am trying to format my pendrive, I'm getting the following error. root@obbu-G41M-Combo:/home/obbu# mkfs.vfat -n 'Ubuntu' -I /dev/sdb1 mkfs.vfat 3.0.14 (23 Jan 2023) mkfs.vfat: unable to open ...
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Can't remove GPT table from hard drive

I have tried everything, but nothing works... Background: Started out with Windows 7, formated and installed Ubuntu and later installed Arch linux with a GPT partition table. Running following ...
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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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Ubuntu 13.04 format my NTFS partition

I install Ubuntu 13.04, choosing the option "Replace Win7". When my computer reboots, i see that my other data pratition is missing. my Win7 partition was 100gb, and the other 220gb was the data. I ...