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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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Cant install Ubuntu. How do you format a Windows HDD

I have an HP 630, and would like to install Ubuntu. All goes well until the point where you have to choose how you want Ubuntu installed. I choose on the whole HDD, I want Windows off the HDD. I ...
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problem installing ubuntu along side windows on free 3TB hard drive

Hi I'd like to know how to install ubuntu along side windows, my hard drive has 3TB size, but when i installed windows 7 it only allowed me to use 2.2TB, now i want to install ubuntu in my free hard ...
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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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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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Having Windows 7 and want to install a new Ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 in my laptop and I want to start installing Ubuntu 13.04. Do I have to format all my partitions in Windows before I can start installing Ubuntu? If not, then it means I'll be ...
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Error creating partition table on NTFS formatted hard drive

I'm having a problem with a friend's old external hard drive. The hard drive (1.5TB WD Caviar Green) isn't detected by any computer regardless of the OS installed. So I disassembled the hard drive ...
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Can't write files to a newly formatted drive

I cfdisked and formatted a secondary hard drive. It is listed and mountable but I am unable to write files to it. Can someone tell me if I missed a step?
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I can't format my USB flash

I changed my Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.04 and now I want to format my USB flash when I right-click on my USB icon on Launcher. I can see only 4 options: Open NEW VOLUME Unlock from launcher Eject. There ...
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Format ASUS external hard drive AN300

I am trying to format a new external HDD of ASUS (model AN300). Ubuntu recognizes only a "CD ROM" when I plug it to the computer, names ASUS Webstorage. I tried to follow instructions, on this link. ...
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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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Is it possible to accidentally format a Truecrypt-encrypted drive?

I have a Truecrypt-encrypted drive that I want to install as a 2nd drive. However, I'm afraid that a family member who uses my computer might accidentally format my Truecrypt-encrypted drive (and ...
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USB Hard Drives being only Read-Only?

I have finally gotten my Hard drive to be formatted in FAT32 but now, when ever I try to move a file onto it, it says: "The destination is read-only." I have been looking through it in GParted and ...
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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 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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Change Ubuntu to Windows

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. And now I want to use Windows as Ubuntu have lots of fail and my laptop is all time is overheated. I mean by overheated that you can't touch fan postion because it's so hot. ...
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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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Ubuntu Gnome 3 and Windwos FAIL BOOT

I have a strange issue: I wanted to install Ubuntu 12.10 Gnome edition on a usb and every time I wanted to use this Ubuntu to plug my usb into my laptop and boot the usb enjoy the cool OS. I made a ...
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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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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 C:/ in Windows while ubuntu is installed in D:/

I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 through wubi installer in Windows Vista in D:\ a few months ago. I am able to dual boot to anyone OS. But, now I have a problem with the Windows so I want to format my C:\ ...
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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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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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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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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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Retrieve file of a deleted partition

A hard-drive with four partitions Ubuntu Swap Data Free was accidentally formated and then partitioned in the same way with the same partition sizes again. I am looking for a way to retrieve a ...
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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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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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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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Why doesn't Gparted show my USB stick?

I have a new 16 GB kingston flash pen that I cannot format Gparted doesn't seem to see it It has some windows exe and files on it In do not have the format option as described here for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...