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How To Replace Deleted File Bytes With Random Bytes

Let's assume that I "erased" some file named important.txt. This file is still exists on the hard drive (invisible attribute changed to true), so what I am trying to do is find the important.txt that ...
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Best way to wipe HDD with multiple partitions and format into NTFS

My laptop had a hardware issue while under warranty so I received a new laptop and am sending my old laptop and hard drive back. I want to wipe all data off of all partitions of my HDD, and send it ...
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USB pen (Kingston 16GB) is not detecting / mount in the system (Ubuntu 12.10 or Windows)

My USB pen (Kingston 16GB) is not detecting in the system (Ubuntu 12.10 or Windows). I tried followings but no any luck. Could any one give an idea to try... I want it with / without current data on ...
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Recover ext2 filesystem after reformat?

I had an ext2 partition and by mistake I reformatted it to ext4. I immediately noticed the problem because at the next reboot my system wouldn't mount the reformatted partition, which got a new UUID ...
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formated windows without uninstalling ubuntu

I have formatted my laptop before I uninstalled Ubuntu from it and now it has it as a "choice" in my boot options but I can't boot it because the drive was formatted. If I install it, it duplicates ...
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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I have an old laptop with sadly out of date 10.04 Lucid on it.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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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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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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error formatting pendrive

In Ubuntu 12.04 using disk utility while formatting, there was an error Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdc: Input/output error 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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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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Know my windows 8 product key

I have had several problems trying to install Ubuntu alongside my windows 8.1 so as it was booting in UEFI mode, as Im not that into pc games, I decided to format the hard drive and just install ...
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After format using ubuntu. copying has not worked [on hold]

I formated my pen drive using ubuntu. Then I copy some movies to pen drive using ubuntu.then I connect my pen drive in to a windows machine. Windows shows that there are no files in my pen. What ...
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How to format hard drive without functional OS

I was previously dual booting Ubuntu and Windows but by mistake I have deleted a partition. I don't know which one but neither OS is getting loaded. It is stuck at this scene: Error:unknown file ...
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Unknown problem with mounting the external hard disk

I recently formatted my hard disk accidentally and then got some of my data back with TestDisk through copying. I didnt wanted all the stuff in it.But after doing that I could not open my external in ...
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Is there any way to unformat an external hard drive?

I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard disk.Is there any software to undo it.Or any way to just recover the photos in it.
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After intalling Ubuntu it says that it will format loopback 1 and 2 and somethinmg like that [duplicate]

I recently installed ubuntu using wubi. After installation it asked to reebot so i reeboted my computer. Ubuntu starts and says something like format loopback 1 as ext 3 and loopback 2 as ext 4. I ...
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I want to format my hdds using the ubuntu installer [duplicate]

I have 3 drives and want to format them completely, I am told that the ubuntu installation format is the way to go. How do I use the installer to format without installing?
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Error formatting disk

I'm trying to format my hard drive using a live disc, I need to change the partition table to GPT because my Windows install CD didn't work. The full error goes like this: Error Formatting disk ...
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ubuntu partition formatted in windows 8 [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted my ubuntu partition in win 8. when i restarted the system, I am getting the grub > command line. I tried the ls command, and it listed the following: hd0 hd1 hd2 hd2 gpt7 ...
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Ubuntu Installer Hanging

My Ubuntu installer hangs at the first displayed step of the installation process. This step is the formatting of the drive to ext4 format for Ubuntu to be installed in. I have done a ton of googling ...
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When I Formatted an external hard drive in Ubuntu the drive disappeared from the list of devices

I just installed Ubuntu and I connected an external hard drive. I then went into the Files Icon and selected the external drive so I could format it. When I began the format, the drive disappeared ...
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Can't Make Partition Larger 4GB [duplicate]

I am trying to setup dual boot between Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04.2. Right now I am using Windows 7. I have already burned the ISO file for Ubuntu onto a DVD. The problem is that I can't shrink my C ...