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Ubuntu Server does not detect RAID HDD

I have formatted in a low level the hard disks of my computer. When I try to install Ubuntu Server I get this error message: [!!] Partition disks No root file system No root file system is defined. ...
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Nothing I do remains after restart

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 from a CD on my 64GB SSD. I made 2 partitions; 10GB for swap and the rest for the OS. I formatted them as ext4. Ubuntu ran fine, but I am facing a strange problem. No matter ...
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Can I use same external drive to backup and install new version?

I have an old laptop with sadly out of date 10.04 Lucid on it. The internal drive is partitioned and contains Windows 7, which I never use. Gradually, it's losing functionality, as more software ...
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Formating hard drive [duplicate]

I wish to remove Ubuntu from my computer and reinstall Windows 7. How do I remove the Ubuntu OS from my hard drive? ing system. How do I How can I format my hard drive to remove all OS and start ...
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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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How to format PC and add Ubuntu alone? [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu in my PC. My Ubuntu is not having speed as I didn't install it correctly. So I would like to clean my PC completely and add Ubuntu alone (without Windows). How should I ...
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using gnome-disks/terminal to format usb drive in ubuntu 12.10, FAT32

I know its a duplicate question, but I couldn't find a answer that would have satisfied me.. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, You know I was holding with the LTS but couldn't resist all those new ...
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Will 13.10 format a usb stick native via “Files”?

I plug in the drive, "Files" opens. Right click on the drive, select format, choose ntfs (or fat or ext4) click format again, all the boxes go away and nothing is done. User has read/write permission, ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can not format my SD card

I have a 8 GB memory card which is totally corrupted and I am not able to format it using GParted, Terminal and other tools.Every time getting error messages.
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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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USB flash drive mysterious label

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I used my USB drive to install Kali Linux to another computer. After that, every time I format that drive using gParted with no label, instead of showing something like ...
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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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Formatting for Windows 8 Dual Boot - Drive Not Found

I have a ubuntu PC that I'm trying to install Windows 8 on as a dual boot. I used gparted to shrink the existing partition and create a new one formatted as ntfs, but when I tried to install windows ...
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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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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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Formatting 2 hard drives through LiveCD [duplicate]

What I want to do is completely wipe the 2 HDDs that are in my laptop, erasing everything (windows, ubuntu) so its essentially factory new. From there I want to just reinstall Windows, bit I don't ...
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How to create partition on SSD for booting Ubuntu and Windows 7

I just completed a computer build, and I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on the 250GB Samsung SSD that I will be using to boot both Ubuntu and Windows 7. I would like to put some other programs on the SSD, and ...
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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 ...
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Delete Ubuntu from dual boot Windows 8.1 in GPT disk [duplicate]

I'm using Windows dual booting with Ubuntu. I have uninstalled, and at that time my disk was formated as MBR. After deleting all partitions of Ubuntu I choose to rebuild the MBR in my disk. That way ...
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How to format a USB drive for Startup disk?

I want to make a bootable live USB from Ubuntu 14.04. When I insert a free USB, Startup Disk Creator says Capacity: 7.5GB; Free 0.0GB. This is a free and working USB, as I can copy file on it. I ...
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Quick format of USB drive or external HDD

I remember that in order versions of Ubuntu, there was a GUI option for Quick Format of flash drive. I am looking for a GUI app to format USB drive with one-click. A simple app to take care of ...
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Ubuntu 10.04: Can I format a drive on one server and move it to a different server?

I'm not very familiar with the intricacies of Linux filesystems, and have minimal experience with formatting and mounting drives, so please excuse this noob question... We recently upgraded a ...
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FFmpeg file format library update blocked

I have an Update for FFmpeg file format library and that update is blocked. I have done several searches to find out why it is blocked but come up with nothing on it. It is there listed as a Blocked ...