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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Replacing Windows with Linux on Old Computer [duplicate]

I have an old computer which runs Windows with multiple viruses that I can`t get rid of. So what I want is to format the computer, remove Windows and only run a Linux Operating System. How can I make ...
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How to make a readable FAT16/FAT32 partition on usb stick for Windows access?

I want to create a windows accessible partition(FAT16/FAT32). But even the created partition can read under linux. It can not see on Windows. Just display a driver symbol like E:. I'm using parted ...
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Can't format USB drive

I have a 4 Gig USB drive that I'd like to format. I go to the Disk Utility, and try to format it, but it says that the device is busy. (This same error occurs no matter whether I tried to format the ...
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Formatting a 3TB harddisk to NTFS

I've just installed a new harddisk in my desktop for data storage, I want to format it with NTFS*. I first tried disk utility and gparted to format the volume, but using both I get: "Filesystem ...
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Can I use live USB to format HD and install Ubuntu with it?

I've tried to install Ubuntu on my computer and now can't even turn it on. The problem is that the computer CD-ROM is not working so I was trying to get it on a USB somehow. The computer is old and ...
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is it necessary to format windows XP OS to do partitioning for Ubuntu, and how do I do it properly to then install Ubuntu from disk

is it necessary to format windows XP OS to do partitioning for Ubuntu, and how do I do it properly to then install Ubuntu 10.10 from disk, and would it work from 10.10 to get 12.04 updates? Thank you ...
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How do I change the permision on a external HDD

Good day, I am a ubuntu newbie and I am having trouble using an external 3.5" HDD. I did some reading about file systems and decided to format my new drive to ex3. After formatting, I could not read ...
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Trying to format drive fails

since I will be doing an internship for which i need to use Windows software, I have decided to ruin my day trying to remove my Ubuntu 12.04, install Win XP SP3 (since the DualBoot theme from ubuntu ...
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Not detecting HDD after installing Ubuntu 12.04!

After installing Ubuntu 12.04, which I'm using right now and it works great, my extra hard drive was detected the first time I turned on my computer but then it does not show anymore on my Home ...
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Unable to format miniSD card

I have a 2GB mini-SD card that I am trying to format. The drive is currently formatted for use with a PandaBoard. It has 2 partitions - 1 x FAT32 - 1 x ext3 Usually, I unmount the partitions then ...
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Reformat soft RAID-5 Ubuntu [closed]

I built a linux (Ubuntu) box a year ago and decided to have some fun and use a soft RAID 5. I followed the instructions here. Things seemed to work fine, but now it's time to reformat the computer ...
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.VOB file not compatible with anything I try

I recently bought two DVD movies at the local store, and, trying to watch the movie on my computer, it doesn´t work. All files are in the .VOB format. I've looked at other people having similar ...
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How to assign MS Windows drive letter to a formatted partition?

I have formatted one of my partitions from Ubuntu as ntfs, and now when I try to restore my windows OS to that partition, the restore utility (which resides in the first partition, fails saying that ...
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How to format a partition with hfs+journalized filesystem?

I want to make a partition with hfs+journalized format. First I make a partition with command 'fdisk' and then I want to use command 'mkfs' to format the partition, but I can not find the ...
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How to remove an “Unallocated” partition

I had Windows partition on my hard drive, but I uninstalled Vista, so I no longer need it. I'm guessing I need to log in with a Live CD, but when running Drive Utility and GParted on the CD, it showed ...
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Is it possible to unformat an ext4 partition that previously had an ext4 partition on it?

I was having a moment of distraction and accidentally checked the format option and started formatting an encrypted ext4 home partition with ext4 - losing access to files. I stopped it in the middle ...
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Ubuntu running via Parallels freezes

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 via parallels on a mac. I want to format the drive as EXT4. In the mac, I use disk utility to first format the external drive as exFAT. I then install exFAT utilities to be ...
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Do I absolutely need to format my Ext HDD in order to use it to install Ubuntu?

My goal is to run Windows 8.1 on my Laptop from the factory-installed HDD, and use the same EXT USB 3.0 HDD that I use to backup my files as the location for my Ubuntu Install. I am under the ...
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My USB drive is not working

I inserted my Sandisk Cruzor Blade (4 GB) into my Ubuntu laptop few days ago and formatted it. And a message appeared: unable to mount your drive. Now when I insert the USB drive into it, it does not ...
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how to install ubuntu on a computer without opening Windows xp, I inherited it without password. if not possible, what other solution [duplicate]

I want to format the disk and install ubuntu. I cannot enter in xp. Got it from my dad who is dead, so no xp disk and no pass word. Thanks
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Cannot recognize/format usb flash

I had a Flash stick with Ubuntu to run as live USB. I didn't need it anymore so I used the Disks utility and I formatted it. Disks sees it now as unallocated space. I want to format it to NTFS but I ...
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formatting not working error showing in pendrive (error showing)?

Error creating file system: Command-line `parted --script "/dev/sdb" mktable msdos' exited with non-zero exit status 1: Error: Input/output error during read on /dev/sdb (udisks-error-quark, 0) did ...
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Installing Ubuntu while dealing with partitions (Windows XP)

I want to switch over to Ubuntu from XP. I looked at my C: drive and noticed the it is divided into 3 sections. My antiquated floppy drive, (at least I think that is correct) C drive, a an unknown ...
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Error mounting/format/part bootable USB

Error mounting: mount: block device /dev/sde2 is write-protected, mounting read-only mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sde2, missing codepage or helper program, or other ...
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How to change a drive's permissions if it's owned by root?

Earlier I was trying to install steam on my 32 Gb Flash Drive, because my hard drive is very small, but I couldn't because it was FAT formatted. So then I formatted it to EXT 4 using GParted, and when ...
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Remove Ubuntu 12.04.4 from secondary drive

I am a novice and need help to solve the following. My computer. Intel i5-4440 processor, Intel DB85FL motherboard, Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-6 , 500 GB, primary disk with Ubuntu 13.10,64bit, ...
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Partition and preserve data

I use Ubuntu 12.04 and have an external HD of 4 tera formated in FAT. There is a lot of data in this HD, much more than the note and take. I would like to create NTFS partitions in the external HD ...
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Disk won't go out of readonly

I have this usb that is set to write protected. I need to get it formtatted however everything I tried from dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd1 to fdisk /dev/sdd d w all end up telling me that I don't ...
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Unable to Mount a hard drive previously used in Windows [duplicate]

So I have an ASUS laptop that I have 2 HDDs in and I just uninstalled Windows (probably going to install in dual boot later, maybe not) but I backed up all my important data to my secondary HDD. Now, ...
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Is there a way to uninstall everything BUT the Ubuntu OS ? I want to clean my virtual machine,

I wonder if there is a command which cleans my virtual machine completely, by removing everything but the operating system. And no i dont prefer to create a new one and delete the old one completely.
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Remove grub from blank hdd [duplicate]

I was getting rid of linux on a spare hdd i have laying around and i asked a friend to remove it and he messed up and formatted the entirething without getting rid of grub. The drive isnt showing up ...
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USB Drive - Space missing after failed attempt to make it bootable

I was trying to make my USB drive bootable to install Arch (I used dd to write Arch ISO to the USB Drive) but the process was stopped half-way. The drive stopped responding so I tried sudo dd ...
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Ubuntu 13.10, format the entire harddrive and install Windows 8.1 (SOLVED)

I'm stuck with my laptop as I explained here :Windows 8.1 doesn't appear in GRUB2 I can't find a solution. To resume: I have a Asus N53S with ubuntu 13.10 installed and Windows 8.1 but GRUB can't ...
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Tried formatting USB to NTFS and now I can no longer mount it or format it

I recently formatted my USB drive to NTFS using the command terminal however since then I am unable to mount the USB to my pc and when I try to reformat the USB it says that the permissions are set to ...
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Format usb drive ( remove windows .exe virus)

I tried to format the drive using disk utility and following the steps given in the link below: Visit How to format a USB or external drive? But unfortunately this error keeps popping up every time ...
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I attempeted to format ubuntu

I was trying to format ubuntu so i selected Restore to Factory Settings but nothing happened so i deleted all the partitions including the admin so now i am trying to make the partitions using guest ...
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how to create auto expanding, expandable, non-fixed dynamic resizing img image files

Please tell me how to make a .img file that auto expands as data is copied into it. I know this is possible. I used to make them all the time to create Debian and Ubuntu loop files for Android ...
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cannont mount/format USB pendrive

Yesterday, while I was working on several files stored in my USB, suddenly, it was not recognized by the system. It is shown at Disk Utility as 'Generic USB Mass Storage', but I cannot format it. ...
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personally identifiable information

will rm -rf /home/exampleuser/* remove ALL data including "stored" personal information that may still be on the system such as credit card numbers and passowrd etc.?
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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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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 ...