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formatting a drive to FAT32 with mkdosfs, need some info

i'd like to know how can i specify the cluster size when using mkdosfs /dev/sdx -F 32, some where i read that if you want to format it with 32kb cluster size this is the command: mkdosfs /dev/sdx -s ...
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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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How do I clear everything (data, viruses) from a thumbdrive?

Say I used some thumbdrive on a public Windows computer and I copy some data to my Ubuntu computer with it. I cannot be completely sure that the Windows computer was clean, and it might have put ...
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Problem with reformatting Sandisk read-only USB drive

I have a problem reformatting my USB drive. Its showing this error message whenever I try to reformat it using GParted: Parted 0.11.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid Libparted 2.3 Format /dev/sdb1 as ntfs ...
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How do I format or partition a read-only USB drive?

Whenever I try formatting my Sandisk Cruzer Glide 16GB, I get this error message on Gparted. GParted 0.11.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid Libparted 2.3 Create Primary Partition #1 (ntfs, 14.42 GiB) on ...
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I Want To Start Over But Its Confusing

Okay, I had a desktop completely running on Ubuntu 12.04. No dual boot at all. I wanna re-install it because of some complications. Now I know there are many methods out there, but none could work so ...
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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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Format external hard drive

I'm trying to format an external hard drive (Iomega 1TB) using Disk Utility but when but when I select Format Volume or Format Drive, it shows me the error: Error creating file system: helper exited ...
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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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C drive partitoning/ formating simple volume [closed]

My C Hard drive is a simple volume and will not split. Wondering if i can format or change my C drive to a primary partition (so it will split) or if i can install ubuntu straight onto my C Drive and ...
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How do I determine my drive format?

How do I find out what format my hard drive is in?
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Change MBR to GPT on external hard drive with data

Change MBR to GPT on external hard drive with data: I found a way for the internal one here. However the External drive is a Data drive only, I dont't need to care about any bootloaders etc. So is ...
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Thunderbird date format?

I have ubuntu 10.04 running Thunderbird 14.0 How do I change the date format to international standard? (eg; 2012-07-26) My system date already shows this format.
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How can I install Ubuntu onto a external HDD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Ubuntu on external hard disk I have got an external hard drive and want to install Ubuntu onto it. How can I do this? The external HDD is a 'Western Digital ...
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I formatted my Windows partition and Wubi is not working [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I format to my C partition(on Windows) and i can not reach to ubuntu(om my D partition) 12.04LST I formatted my windows partition and wubi is not working on my PC. How ...
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How do I format my entire HDD?

Ok I have recently made some mistakes with installing some operating systems that I should have just kept on a live cd not ubuntu but another os and with my ocd when I saw my lot's of different ...
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I want to remove Ubuntu and reinstall Windows XP from CD

Ubuntu is working on the PC but I want to sell the PC with original Windows XP Professional Edition. I cannot boot the CD. Rebooting and selecting "Start from CD" always starts the installed Ubuntu. ...
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Partition does not start on physical sector boundary?

I've one HD on my laptop, with two partitions (one ext3 with Ubuntu 12.04 installed and one swap). fdisk is giving me a Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary warning. What is the ...
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Which is the best format to save a slideshow in OpenShot?

My school laptop was recently taken up, which is a Macbook Air. And I didn't have the chance to create my slideshow before it was taken up, so, I did some research and found that OpenShot was most ...
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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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Is it recommended to format an external drive to ext4?

I have a new 2TB external hard drive I will be using for additional storage and backup. I will only use it on two Ubuntu machines. Is it recommended to format the drive to ext4? Are there any ...
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How long does an ext4 format take?

The USB cable on my Iomega Prestige 1TB hard drive conked out a while back, and I've finally managed to get a new one. I removed the old NTFS file system because I use Windows maybe once a month, and ...
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I cancelled gparted operation ,what to do next?

I cancelled gparted operation by mistake .Now one of the partition became corrupted ,what to next? Should I format it? Data is important to me ;( Edit1: I tried to recover partition using testdisk ...
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Is there any way to completely wipe Ubuntu?

I've completely screwed up my Ubuntu install, and want to start over (I want to try a different edition anyway, so downloading a new package using apt-get won't be necessary). Is there any way to ...
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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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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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How to zero out a drive?

I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04 and want to completely format my laptop so I can install Windows 7 (replace Ubuntu). When I put in my bootable USB with the OS it just shows a black screen with a ...
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Backup programs and program data? [duplicate]

Hi AskUbuntu community, I'm going to format my hard drive and install a new version of Ubuntu. I want to backup some programs, not only sync data, I want to have ready-to-restore apps and their data, ...
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How do I format my ubuntu partition(ext4) and keep my windows partition?

I want my old family pc to use only windows xp now that I don't use it anymore. However, I have a 200GB ext4 partition, containing ubuntu. Windows does not detect ext4. I also don't want it booting ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a hard drive with bad blocks?

I have a problem with my laptop,in which I'd had windows xp. That XP crashed and I couldn't restore it with the Install CD. So, I placed Ubuntu 11.10 install on a Pendrive, searched for some bad ...
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auto start disk formatting when entering wrong password

I'm thinking of way to protect data from stealing. Is there any way to start auto disk formatting when someone enters wrong password on login? Or when enters specific password which would trigger disk ...
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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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Is there any way to format my hard drive so that data cannot be restored? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I have 500 GB HD and I have very important personal data in it. The thing is that if ...
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I would like to fully erase my hard drive and start from a clean slate with Ubuntu

How do I do that? Can I fully format the internal hard drive and then install Ubuntu, or would that leave all systems, including usb and cd drives unoperable. Otherwise, how do I remove windows ...
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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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Installed Ubuntu and accidently gave all the hard disk space to Ubuntu

Saying this, when i booted and installed Ubuntu, my hard disk was whole formatted. I had plenty of pictures, videos and music on my Local Disk [D] drive and i don't want to loose it!!! Now i have ...
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How can I see my files in 2nd partition of hdd?

I'm a new Ubuntu user. I installed Ubuntu on my computer yesterday. I choose my 2nd partition of hdd's mount point as /home and format type ext4. Now, I can't see my 2nd partition or can't change ...
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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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Cannot format 500GB USB HD: cannot create partition table

When I use disk utility I get the following error: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error gparted also cannot create ...
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Hard Drive Formatting and Unmounting Errors

I'm trying to format a hard drive using Ubuntu 11.10. Every time that I attempt to format it from the Disk Utility, I get the error saying the device is busy, and under details it says: /dev/sda1 is ...
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How can I keep my wubi installation after formatting Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can re-use Ubuntu which was installed via Wubi on Windows 7? Well I need to format my Windows 7 PC with a wubi installation. Is there a way I can backup the virtual ...
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How to make my flashdisk write-protected so no one can format it?

Can you help me? I want to make my flashdisk write protected. So no one can format my flashdisk because the data inside the flashdisk is important.
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How to reformat a drive with NTFS?

I currently have a corrupted NTFS external drive that I want to re-format in a format that can be read by Linux and Windows - suggestions? I want to reformat my 1TB NTFS drive to a format that can be ...
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How do I create a file with a given structure?

How do I create a file that has X bytes of 0, Y bytes of the number 7 (i.e. 0x07 in hex, 00000111 in binary), Z random bytes and T bytes of the number 25(0x19 in hex, 00011001 in binary). Finally, ...
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Format option not available in 11.10 as in 10.10?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop and Ubuntu 10.10 on my desktop. In 10.10 there is an option to format a pen-drive by right-clicking the icon for the pen drive and selecting format, but I am ...
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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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How to format a USB or external drive?

Using Ubuntu 11.10, how do I format an external or USB drive? I don't find an option to 'format' when I right click. In the new version, the drives don't come up on the desktop but instead come on ...
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How to remove swap from RAID1 Array?

Can anyone point in the right direction on how to remove SWAP out of a RAID1 configuration? According to the Ubuntu Advanced installation guide, here, it said to add swap to the raid but I am having ...
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Advanced Format Alignment using parted

How do I align a Western Digital Advanced Format hard drive using minimal (4K) alignment when installing Ubuntu 11.04? Should I do it before installing via the LiveCD? If so, do I select to "Try ...