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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'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: http://...
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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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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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Mac to Linux formatting

Hey all I'm trying to convert a mac to a Ubuntu Linux system and am having trouble erasing all the software off the Mac. The command function for the Mac formatting is not functioning. Any ideas no ...
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Formatting drives for Ubuntu

I'm a relatively new Ubuntu user and am about to set up a new computer with Ubuntu 15.10. I've added a 2 TB drive to the unit but I'm unsure what format I should use. I've been using NTFS for all my ...
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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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USB drive can't be formated

I want to format my usb to install iso but it shows : org.freedesktop.DBus.Python.GLib.Error: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/dbus/service.py", line 707, in ...
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Can I recover my previous media after factory reset?

I forgot my admin password and instead of resetting the password I actually clicked factory reset. I lost all my pictures and videos or you can say all media - everything. I have no other backup. ...
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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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How to format hard disk in Ubuntu 14.04?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2 and I want to format my disk for another operating system (Windows 10). My desire to do this stems from a recent problem I have been having with installing the new OS. I ...
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Resize partition using Gparted

I want to resize my primary partition using Gparted, but due to the lock I am not able to do so: I would be grateful if someone tells me how to get rid of the lock so that I can resize this ...
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I got Ubuntu 14.04 and I want to remove it and get Windows 7. How do I do that? [duplicate]

Need to switch from Ubuntu 14.04 to Windows 7 on my laptop. Help please. I need it ASAP for work. I got the ISO for Windows 7 but don't know how to get rid of Ubuntu.
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Disks Application Formatting

In the Formatting Option in the Disks application for Ubuntu 14.04, it gives the option to not overwrite existing data or overwrite existing data with 0's. I've tried both, and both clear the disk and ...
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Unable to Format USB Drive

I have a 4.1 GB USB drive that has become unusable now. It previously had a Live version of Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I tried formatting it a couple of times through different techniques on GParted and the ...
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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 file-...
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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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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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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 that it is divided into 3 sections: my antiquated floppy drive (at least, I think that is correct), the C drive, and an ...
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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 I ...
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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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formatting/partitioning: Ubuntu installer vs GParted vs gnome-disks utility

Ready to format/partition a 120GB SSD that has been securely erased by use of hdparm and install Ubuntu Studio 16.04 (currently running from a live USB). Should this be done via the Ubuntu installer ...
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issue setting a password before erasing ssd in what seems like the proper way

I think I've reached the conclusion that I need to format my ssd-drive. What I believe has happened is that once I updated my antivirus-software to the latest version it somehow detected that the copy ...
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I can't format the usb flash memory stick

Hello guys I have a big problem here!! I tried everything and I can't format this usb. Please help me! I try to format with gparted and disks and with gparted I receive those errors: Partition(s) 1 ...
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Error when trying to format USB drive

I want to format my USB drive. In terminal, I use the following commands: umount /dev/sdb1 mkfs.vfat -I -n "New Volume" "/dev/sdb1" But I could not. It shows me following error: mkfs.vfat 3.0.12 (...
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Ubuntu from pendrive

I have Ubuntu 14.04 in my USB pen drive but when I insert my pen drive in Windows 10 ,it shows invalid file format .I could not find my pen drive in boot options too.
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Is there a faster way to erase a pen (USB) drive using dd command? [duplicate]

I am using the dd command to erase a pen drive with this: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd bs=4k && sync where /dev/sdd is the designated device. The pen drive is 16GB in size and this ...
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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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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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I think I lost my MAC HD (despered)

So, one of these 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 system and I tried to format the HD ( from terminal ) ...