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New Ubuntu install onto new hard drive that I also want to use for Win 7 backups

So I have a brand new 1TB hard drive I want to partition off to install Ubuntu, but I want to use the majority of the space on it as my backup drive for Windows 7. I've got it wired up and ready to ...
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How to make an NTFS partition on HDD (12.10)

I currently own a netbook running Ubuntu 12.10 and i want to install windows XP on it. I have the installation file on my pendrive as my netbook doesnt have disk drive. but when I opened the ...
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hd0 out of disk error

I have checked all the post on this error nothing seems to solve the issue. When I launch my laptop it immediately displays 'hd0 out of disk' error 'press any key to continue'. Then, when I press a ...
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SD Card vanished after placement of .nomedia file

This is not really a Ubuntu problem but since I moved from Windows to Ubuntu I naturally would like to use Ubuntu to solve this problem. I bought a 32gb sandisk micro sd card for my galaxy note 2. ...
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How to install a WD Advanced Format Drive in Ubuntu 12.04

I am doing a fresh install with a WD10EZEX hard drive and would like to know the steps necessary to align the hard drive correctly and get optimal performance.
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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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Do I need to format any drive for installing Ubuntu?

I just wanted to try Ubuntu and I downloaded the .iso file. I want to have both windows and Linux on my PC and although I read the tutorials and other topics in the site, I didn't get the answer to ...
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Cant format pen drive showing write protected

I want to remove write protected from pen drive or just i want to format it but i'm un able to do. sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdb1 mkfs.vfat 3.0.14 (23 Jan 2023) mkfs.vfat: unable to open ...
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How to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on an old desktop with some constraints?

I have an old desktop with ubuntu 10.04 running on it. It's installed through wubi on a windows drive. What I want to do is - 1)Install the latest 12.04 LTS on my desktop. 2)Completely remove ...
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Export or save custom AutoFormats (Format->AutoFormat…) in Libreoffice Calc

How can I export or save my custom AutoFormat templates those I have created in LibreOffice Calc ? Full Path: LibreOffice Calc Menu->Format->AutoFormat... Is there any extension or any files to take ...
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Cant install Ubuntu. How do you format a Windows HDD

I have an HP 630, and would like to install Ubuntu. All goes well until the point where you have to choose how you want Ubuntu installed. I choose on the whole HDD, I want Windows off the HDD. I ...
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restore 'format' option on usb unity launcher

Before installing ubuntu 13.04, whenever I inserted a usb pen drive, a icon appeared on the unity launcher bar on the right side of the screen. right clicking on it gave me a 'format' option that ...
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problem installing ubuntu along side windows on free 3TB hard drive

Hi I'd like to know how to install ubuntu along side windows, my hard drive has 3TB size, but when i installed windows 7 it only allowed me to use 2.2TB, now i want to install ubuntu in my free hard ...
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Problem Formatting in Ubuntu 12.04

Recently my friend gave me his 8GB flash drive, but when I plugged in, I can't copy/delete any files. I tried formatting that using Disk Utility. (Normal formatting and Unmount-format-mount system) ...
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How to reformat NTFS internal hard disk to FAT from ubuntu 12.04 live CD?

When booting from ubuntu live cd and going to gparted/disk utility, the disk was shown but it can't really recognize it, if you know what I mean. (from gparted: Warning: /dev/sda: unrecognised disk ...
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error;unknown file system. grub rescue>

Hello there Ubuntu Community. I have a problem that needs to be solved quick. I was accidentally tried to format my hard disk using disk utility but before completing the formatting process I ...
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Unable to format hard disk partition

I am trying to format a partition on my HDD (it is NTFS) but I am unable to format it using gparted. When trying through terminal i try to unmount it and get message that The drive is not mounted but ...
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Reformat a hard disk as if it were new?

I have been using Ubuntu 12.10 as a dual-boot on my primary computer, lately everything has become a bit unstable, Steam games crash often, everything has been slowing down a lot. Anyway, my computer ...
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Having Windows 7 and want to install a new Ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 in my laptop and I want to start installing Ubuntu 13.04. Do I have to format all my partitions in Windows before I can start installing Ubuntu? If not, then it means I'll be ...
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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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Can't write files to a newly formatted drive

I cfdisked and formatted a secondary hard drive. It is listed and mountable but I am unable to write files to it. Can someone tell me if I missed a step?
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I can't format my USB flash

I changed my Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.04 and now I want to format my USB flash when I right-click on my USB icon on Launcher. I can see only 4 options: Open NEW VOLUME Unlock from launcher Eject. There ...
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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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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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Uninstall Ubuntu Errors

I've tried two different ways to uninstall Ubuntu, and both ways gave me errors. The first way gave me errors when I entered uninstall commands. The second way I tried the boot repair commands, and it ...
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I added a second harddrive and now I am trying to format the first one and I am having an issue

I just added a second faster hard-drive and it is working great! However I am having an issue formatting the original hard-drive (I already have everything backed up). After going to the disk app and ...
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can't reformat my drive [duplicate]

when trying to reformat my drive to FAT to install a windows OS it comes up with "the device is busy /dev/sda1 is mounted" can anyone please give me any tips or guides on how to succesfully reformat ...
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Is it possible to accidentally format a Truecrypt-encrypted drive?

I have a Truecrypt-encrypted drive that I want to install as a 2nd drive. However, I'm afraid that a family member who uses my computer might accidentally format my Truecrypt-encrypted drive (and ...
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Will formatting the Windows system partition uninstall Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I want to format my Windows 7 partition but don't want to remove Ubuntu. Is this possible?
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I want to reformat my home partition from ext3 to ntfs

I have three partitions: one with Ubuntu 12.04, the other is a data partition (the largest of the three) and the last one has Windows 7. First I installed Ubuntu, then I formatted the data partition ...
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how to format a partition containing Master boot record in Linux 12.10?

few days ago I have installed Linux 12.10 in my 16 GB USB drive. It was working fine. After some days, I wanted USB for my other uses, so I tried to format it. Whole USB gets formatted but the ...
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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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How to add year in date section on top panel from christian to buddhist year?

From tutorial in http://choorucode.com/2010/04/02/how-to-change-the-date-and-time-format-of-clock-in-panel-of-ubuntu/ According to strftime format, I have only %Y for full 4-digit year in Christian ...
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tried ntfs format in terminal but says internal error

I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 with Linux kernel 3.8 which has ntfs-3g package but again asks to install it, when tried the terminal does not respond! as I am new to ask Ubuntu I'm not allowed to post ...
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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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How to Fix “Read-only file system” error when I run something as sudo and try to make a folder/file?

When I try to save something or rename a file/folder it say this error " Read-only file system" or run something as root in the terminal it say this error sudo: unable to open /var/lib/sudo/"My User ...
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How to format ubuntu bootable usb?

I am new in Ubuntu. First I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my usb stick which is of 16 gb. So, it installed with 2 partitions of 9 and 7 gb. Now I want to format that usb. But when I try it to format, only ...
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Ubuntu Gnome 3 and Windwos FAIL BOOT

I have a strange issue: I wanted to install Ubuntu 12.10 Gnome edition on a usb and every time I wanted to use this Ubuntu to plug my usb into my laptop and boot the usb enjoy the cool OS. I made a ...
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Installing from USB to a new HD - Drive not found

I just bought a new hard drive and attached it to my Windows 7 machine to format it (NTFS) and create a single, primary partition. Then I put it into the machine I want to install Ubuntu on and ran ...
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Windows formated disks; are they any use on Ubuntu?

I have a bunch of disks (digital dictionaries, encyclopedia) on Windows format. Is it possible to read them with Ubuntu?(12:10) When I just put them in my drive, window says "no respinse" and it ...
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Is it safe to use a USB external drive without a valid partition table?

Here's what I did: Installed the SATA hard disk in the enclosure Connected it via USB With Disk Utility I formatted the drive with an EXT4 file system Started using the hard drive without any issue ...
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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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No operating system or formatted partition(s) on laptop

I have about 20 IBM Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, R52, that are being donated to a school in the Dominican Repulic. There is absolutely nothing on them! I am trying to load Ubuntu Mint on them and have ...
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How do I unlock a microsd card?

I have a locked microSD (locked by Nokia symbian phone), I forgot the password, how do I unlock it? I don't mind if I lost my data in microSD. I can't mount it. Output of mkdir ~/sd_mount ...
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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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Distinguishing partition format types

How can I tell whether a partition is formatted with FAT32 or exFAT?
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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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unable to format external hard disk

I have an external wd my passport connected via USB 2.0. Yesterday I have tried to format it using disk utility but somehow it could not complete successfully. Now its showing unknown volume 0.0kb. I ...
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Where did Ubuntu go? [duplicate]

I just formatted my PC and added Windows 7, alongside Ubuntu. I installed them in a separated disk partition so Ubuntu and my files should be ok, though I cannot find them anywhere. When I try to ...
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Installed Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows7, now win7 wants me to format drive D?

I have an ssd boot drive and a Hard disk drive, C: and D: respectively. I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 alongside windows 7 and when I rebooted to go to windows, drive D says it must be formatted. Is ...