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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 ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 LST along windows without formatting any drive

I am facing a problem while installing ubuntu along with win8. The specs about my pc are following: 500 GB HDD (c:100, d:100, f:50, g:100 h:100 i:50) and every drive has important data, and are NTFS ...
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How to format my dual boot HDD with windows and ubuntu?

I started installing Ubuntu 12.10 on my windows 7 (64bit), but then I installed a new windows and therefore deleted the old windows. I now want to uninstall Ubuntu and GRUB, but my ...
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Low level format of hard drive

Can somebody please tell me how can I format a hard drive at a low enough level that the boot sector is re-written? I guess the equivalent of fdisk /mbr.
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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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Buffer I/O error on device sda1, logical block 4684514

I'm trying to format a hard drive. I've used mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 after the fdisk command, but mkfs doesn't work! And when I press Ctrl+Alt+F6 I see this message: Buffer I/O error on device sda1, ...
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Will Ubuntu One delete or restore files in the cloud after formatting my PC?

One of PCs the Windows is having typically Windows issues and needs a reformat. I have my documents, pictures, music files etc syncing across Ubuntu One to access on Smartphone and my Ubuntu dedicated ...
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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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How can I use my USB flash drive again after I zeroed it out in Disks?

I've used the "Disks" utility to zero out a USB flash drive (pendrive). Now it's not showing up anymore as a usable storage medium. I need to use this usb drive (of 4 GB) again to write an OS image ...
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cannot allocate free space, format extended partition

I can not create a partition on free space, neither can I delete the extended partition. Disk utility says Cannot delete extended partition while logical partitions exist
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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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Cannot format swap

I was installing ubuntu 12.04 to the side of windows 7 to my friends' computer when I came across the partitioning of the HDD. By accident, I selected swap as the whole partition, which I intended on ...
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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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Remove second Ubuntu installation

I have two partitions on my disk: /dev/sda1 30G /dev/sda3 270G Somehow I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on each of the two partitions. So now I have two Ubuntu installations which are both listed on ...
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How do I format a TrueCrypt-encrypted flashdrive?

I encrypted a flashdrive using TrueCrypt, but now I've changed my mind and I want to format it as an unencrypted drive. When I plug it in it is no longer appears on the launcher or in the Nautilus ...
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USB Stick won't boot

So I wanted to play around with CHrome OS, and installed the Vanilla version of Chromium OS to my trusty USB Stick. I used the Win32DiskImager.exe to install the OS to the USB stick. All went well, ...
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What's the difference of partition type and filesystem type?

I'm formatting my Seagate Freeagent external HDD in Linux to FAT filesystem, because it can't be done in Windows, but I'm wondering, what's the difference betweeen partition type and filesystem type? ...
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Ubuntu installed on windows, formatting

currently I have ubuntu "installed on windows" and I was thinking about formatting and installing windows 8, but I want to keep my ubuntu OS. So my question was what could be done so I don't lose the ...
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Internal hard drive, can't format [closed]

I cannot format anymore the hard drive of my laptop. Here is how I proceed: I am starting my computer with a USB live drive (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx). Then I start disk utility and try to ...
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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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How to format a USB stick

My USB stick looks dead : victor@X301A1:~$ umount /dev/sdc1 victor@X301A1:~$ sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdc1 mkfs.vfat 3.0.12 (29 Oct 2011) mkfs.vfat: unable to open /dev/sdc1: Read-only file system ...
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Cannot format an hdd

I have an SSD with ubuntu installed, now, I'm trying to format a My Passport Essential hdd, throught GParted with no success. I've tried to make it primary and I've tried to make it extented, GParted ...
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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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Disk Utility. Format CD-RW to blanck : Error creating filesystem

I got this error when I went to format a rewritable cd with Disk utility. Disk was unmounted as demanded. Error creating file system: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on ...
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Format sdcard and read superblock issue

I've tried to format my sd card with no luck so far. Everytime I put it in my card reader, Ubuntu throws back at me this error: Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/haunted/FC30-3DA9: Command-line ...
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Can't format / delete locked partition from gparted?

I can't format my hard disk for Ubuntu installation. It has Fedora installed in it. I wonder how to unlock the locked partition to delete and format it, since I am stuck at installing Ubuntu. I am now ...
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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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USB NTFS pen drive and hard drive not working after plugging them into Ubuntu

I connected a USB key (NTFS formatted) with data in it, on 12.04, after I disconnected it, I was no longer able to access the USB key neither from Windows nor from Ubuntu. The system asks me to format ...
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What version of Ubuntu should I use? [closed]

With my iMac, I like to do lots of things at the same time, for example, browsing the web in Chrome while making a 3D rendering with Blender; or developing in Python using Quickly while listening to ...
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How to format a SD card easily in KDE?

first I want to clarify that I know how to do this with programs like kde-partitionmanager or gparted. What I am really looking for is a easy way such as right click in dolphin on my SD Card or USB ...
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How to format a USB or external drive in Kubuntu 12.04.01?

I am aware that similar questions have been answered before for different versions/releases of Ubuntu, but I cannot find an application to reformat a USB stick in Kubuntu 12.04.01. Right-clicking the ...
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Can Ubuntu partition and format?

Can Ubuntu partition and format before installing itself on a Dell Dimension 4400 whose HD is wiped clean of Windows XP?
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Remove encryption from USB flash drive

It all started when I was attempting to format my PNY USB drive because it was full of junk. When it asked me what type of file system, I selected FAT but there was a checkbox below that said ...
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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 to completely erase hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I am looking for software/script/whatever that can completely destroy data on hard ...
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How can I set the date format to my country setting?

I am German, but I use only English software. Hence, I am also using English Ubuntu. It's not because I don't know how to install German Ubuntu. It's because I prefer to work with English software ...
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If I copy the Ubuntu installation files to USB, will it delete everything on that drive?

If I copy the Ubuntu install files to USB in order to install on another PC, will it reformat (i.e. delete) everything on that USB drive? Or will it still function as before and all previous files ...