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Format external boot hard drive [closed]

I've got an external hard drive with Ubuntu on it. Now I need that hard drive and want to format it. Alas, it doesn't show up in the Devices list on my 14.04 machine. In Ubuntu's disk utility, it does ...
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Can't detect hard drive [closed]

i know this is probably already on here, but i could not find it. Im using Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64Bit, I'm using it to try and access a hard drive formatted with a linux partition (I don't know what?). ...
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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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Can I manage system resources Ubuntu? [closed]

I want to format and partition drives with Ubuntu. Is the OS a fully integrated thing like Windows?
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How do you format a micro sd card?

I recently bought this micro sd card, and I think I am having trouble formating it. In my mp3 player, it says card error. So I took it to the computer. After clicking on the file icon, I clicked on ...
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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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Possible to delete root partition [closed]

I was deleting a partition on my root drive through the disk utility, and now the disk utility shows my root disk is entirely free space. My system is still running and I can access all my files ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I want to format my hard drive and install Lubuntu from DVD- Where do I start?

I have 256 MG ram. I don't really need XP. I ran Lubuntu with live CD but could not install it with XP (which I don't really need). My computer is for back up only. I need something to access the ...
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Cannot Create Bootable USB Drive from .iso file

I've tried formatting the flash drive as FAT as well as Mac OS journaled through diskutility but still cannot successfully create a bootable drive. I'm following the directions here exactly: ...
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A good tool for formatting partition aside Gparted

There is a good and quite easy to use tool for format partition, especially with nfts fs, aside Gparted which with I've had some issues?
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unable to format usb 1204 [daemon inhibited ]

i try to format my usb 1st time its work all data gone but i can't save any file at this usb . then i try to check is it working or broken here the report santos@santos:~$ sudo badblocks -v ...
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Remove Ubuntu and keep Grub manager

here is the deal... i have 3partitions and swap... one big for space one windows 7 and one Kubuntu. Here is table: SDA1 >NTFS >System Reserved >100mb SDA2 >NTFS >Windows7 >40gb ...
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accidentally initiated format of ext3 in win 7, how to recover? [closed]

I have a dual boot, win7 and ubuntu, system and started to format an empty partition on the drive while in win7, but in my haste thought that I had not started the formatting, reselected the partition ...
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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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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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Help me i can't format my usb? i have already tried with mkdosfs and gparted

I have a MicroSD card in a USB adapter (which plugs into a USB port on my machine, and acts like a USB flash drive). I was using Unetbootin to make this a bootable USB flash drive with Kubuntu. But I ...
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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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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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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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You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run: libc.so.6

I have recently moved over from SteamOS which is Debian Wheazy. None of the other fixes have not worked, I tried getting steam both through Steam itself and the Ubuntu Center.
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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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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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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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Can not format my sd card

I am new at ubuntu I am trying to install weezcly raspian I'm file from ubuntu 14.04 ltc, and since there are not room for installing it on my sd card I need to format it, and i can not format it I ...
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Does removing a partition automatically increase another?

Is it possible to format a partition and then converge it with the other partition so that the storage capacity of the other partition with the OS increases? Actually, I am suffering that. I got two ...
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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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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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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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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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How can i remove Ubuntu 12.04 completly from my System? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I completely remove Ubuntu from my computer? I installed Ubuntu 12.04 after formatting my computer by removing win xp; now I want to install windows xp again but ...
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I need to format XP

I wish to format the hard drive and install Ubuntu on a machine with XP installed. I am getting a prompt telling me that a volume is in use and then the forced unmount is failing. How can I get rid of ...
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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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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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What is the best HDD format for Ubuntu? [closed]

What is the best HDD format for Ubuntu?
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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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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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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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Safest way to format and add unassigned partition to Ubuntu partition in a dual boot system with win 7

What is the safest way to format and add unassigned partition in a dual boot system with windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04.02. I usually tweak with my Ubuntu os and sometimes because of problematic tweaking ...
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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 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 ...