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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 ...
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How to format FAT32 filesystem infected with windows virus and that is write protected

I have a pendrive with FAT32 filesystem. it is infected with virus dont know which but has autorun.inf and create exe file within folder. I tried to format it with various filesystems and even try to ...
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How do I completely format my disk?

I want to format because my laptop has stopped connecting to my wireless connection and hopefully this will fix it.
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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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Can't format hard drive back to Windows 7 after fully installing Ubuntu

I've searched the posts and can't find the exact answer I need. I've installed Ubuntu to my hard drive completely, and wiped my Windows 7. I do not want Ubuntu anymore; I want Windows 7 back. But when ...
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How can I see my files in 2nd partition of hdd?

I'm a new Ubuntu user. I installed Ubuntu on my computer yesterday. I choose my 2nd partition of hdd's mount point as /home and format type ext4. Now, I can't see my 2nd partition or can't change ...
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accidentally initiated format of ext3 in win 7, how to recover? [closed]

I have a dual boot, win7 and ubuntu, system and started to format an empty partition on the drive while in win7, but in my haste thought that I had not started the formatting, reselected the partition ...
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Is there any recovery software available for ext4?

Well, I have accidentally deleted my Ubuntu drive. I just want to recover all the contents of /home. Is there a way to do it? I referred to foremost, where I need to specify the extensions of files. ...
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How can I keep my wubi installation after formatting Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can re-use Ubuntu which was installed via Wubi on Windows 7? Well I need to format my Windows 7 PC with a wubi installation. Is there a way I can backup the virtual ...
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How to make my flashdisk write-protected so no one can format it?

Can you help me? I want to make my flashdisk write protected. So no one can format my flashdisk because the data inside the flashdisk is important.
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How to remove swap from RAID1 Array?

Can anyone point in the right direction on how to remove SWAP out of a RAID1 configuration? According to the Ubuntu Advanced installation guide, here, it said to add swap to the raid but I am having ...
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How do I create a file with a given structure?

How do I create a file that has X bytes of 0, Y bytes of the number 7 (i.e. 0x07 in hex, 00000111 in binary), Z random bytes and T bytes of the number 25(0x19 in hex, 00011001 in binary). Finally, ...
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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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Why is there 4.86(maybe 15.1) GB of USED-space on a newly partitioned and formatted 298 GB drive (as ext4 by Gparted)

Well the question says most of it... Gparted reports the used space as 4.86 GB Nautilus reports used space as 15.1 GB...(via Properties of /media/U_0298_data) Why is this space used? and who is ...
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Reinstall Ubuntu with encrypted home directory?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed with encrypted home directory. /home is on a aseparate partition. Can I just boot from 10.10 cd, reformat '/' and install as usual? I think it should work if I use the ...
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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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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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Shrinking root device size after install?

I installed ubuntu after installing a fresh copy of windows. Unfortunately I accidentally clicked on one of the pre-set options and did not get a chance to manually specify the size of my root ...
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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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External USB HDD Unreadable After Formatting

I am using a Western Digital 160GB External USB drive. It was working fine earlier but for some reasons I formatted it using the 'Disk Utility' in my Ubuntu 11.04 I chose 'Dont Partition' while ...
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How do I get a new drive integrated into my software RAID?

When I first installed Ubuntu a couple years ago, I set it up with a software RAID using the Ubuntu alternate install disk. I have two 500 GB drives in the RAID. A few days ago, one of the drives ...
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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 format datetime indicator in Unity's panel to show in two lines?

Is it possible to format datetime indicator in Unity3D to show in two lines? I tried this: how-to-customize-indicator-datetime-to-two-line-configuration But that seems to work only when I run my ...
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How to get Ubuntu installed on a flash drive that can be accessed in Windows?

I have a flash drive that I am considering installing Ubuntu on. However, I would also like the contents to be accessible in Windows. Is this possible? Some further details: I ruled out NTFS ...
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Formatting Pen Drive causes 'Daemon Is Inhibited' Error

Am trying to format a drive with Disk Utility and everytime i try to format this pen drive i get 'Daemon Is Inhibited' error. How can it be solved since the pen drive works on other PCs with no ...
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Possible to format/create partitions with Clonezilla?

I am wondering if its possible to create/format/resize partitions with clonezilla?
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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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Does an upgrade to a partition format get applied to an already existing partition?

I have often wondered, when an update is made to ext4 for example in the kernel and then more performance updates are made to it (And they keep up adding up over time) when i upgrade to the latest ...
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How can I convert an AVI file to a Blackberry-compatible format?

I need a program to convert an AVI file to a format compatible with my Blackberry. On Windows, I've tried format factory and converted the .avi file to .3gp, but the output is of very bad quality.