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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Copying root partition and /home to a new larger hard drive

I am getting a larger hard drive and would like to copy root directory to it. The partition for root is 20G. I would like to make it larger on the new drive. I also would like to copy /home to a ...
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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 ...
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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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After formatting Windows 7 there is still dual-boot screen

I have installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 on my PC and Ubuntu was installed using WUBI installer. Today, I format my PC and installed Windows 7 and after restarting the PC, there is still ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...