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Using GParted to rescue data and format hard drive to NTFS

I'm having problems booting to Windows XP due to bad sectors on the hard drive. I've tried fixboot and fixmbr from the recovery console. That only made matters worse. Now I want to use GParted to ...
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How to Fix “Read-only file system” error when I run something as sudo and try to make a folder/file?

When I try to save something or rename a file/folder it say this error " Read-only file system" or run something as root in the terminal it say this error sudo: unable to open /var/lib/sudo/"My User ...
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Format from terminal(ctrl+alt+f1)

24 hours ago I start using for the first time Ubuntu 14.10. I tried to install AMD GPU drivers and then I install from the terminal the fglrx and after a restart I got the The system is running in ...
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What format should I format/partition the SD card for running Ubuntu (Crouton) from it on Chromebook?

Guys I like to run ubuntu on the sd card and not the internal storage memory of my chromebook. I diid some google serach and learned that it all depends on how fast your sd card slot can read and ...
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How to customize the font style in notify-send?

I am trying to change the format of text appearing in pop-up notification while using notify-send command. Here I saw that it can be done using HTML formatting. But that doesn't seem to be working for ...
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Cannot repair a corrupted usb flash drive

I have an 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive (no-name), on which I tried a few days ago to copy a film of about 6GB. The flash drive had NTFS file system so I thought there will be no problems. But at some point ...
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How do I format or partition a read-only USB drive?

Whenever I try formatting my Sandisk Cruzer Glide 16GB, I get this error message on Gparted. GParted 0.11.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid Libparted 2.3 Create Primary Partition #1 (ntfs, 14.42 GiB) on ...
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I can't format a USB drive

It looks dead I have tried How to format a USB or external drive? Appreciate any help
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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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format damaged HD

I have an WD MyPassport external HD that won't even mount anymore. I have tried several things (most of which suggestions from this forum), such as using testdisk, mkfs.ext4, mkfs.ext3, mkfs.ntfs and ...
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how to install OS in pandrive and run on any pc or laptop? [duplicate]

My laptop is currently not being formatted properly. Every time I try to install any operating system it installs, but before I can move to drive, it crashed and gets back to boot screen, it doesn't ...
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Mounting hard drives problem

Why doesn't Ubuntu mount hard drives automatically when it's launching? Moreover, I cannot chmod +x to the files in the hard drives after mounting. They are formatted as NTFS. If NTFS is not ...
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Force format an external HDD

My Seagate 500 GB external HDD stopped working few days ago for unknown reasons. I don't really care about the data on it anymore. I just want it to work properly again but I cant format it in ...
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External hdd ubuntu format

I'm about to partition my ext. hdd, in 2 parts. The first part will be MacOSX formated. I want the second partition to read/write both Ubuntu and Windows. Will NTFS do it for me?
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How do you format a micro sd card?

I recently bought this micro sd card, and I think I am having trouble formating it. In my mp3 player, it says card error. So I took it to the computer. After clicking on the file icon, I clicked on ...
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Buffer I/O error on device sda1, logical block 4684514

I'm trying to format a hard drive. I've used mkfs.ntfs /dev/sda1 after the fdisk command, but mkfs doesn't work! And when I press Ctrl+Alt+F6 I see this message: Buffer I/O error on device sda1, ...
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setting date format in menubar on top of desktop

How do I change format? When I open "time & date settings" I find very limited possibilities. So is there any file which sets my date format in clock shown on top of screen? The only thing I need ...
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Pen drive format

i installed UBUNTU 14.04 using my pen drive. the problem is i need my pen drive back with the same storage. is there is any way to do like that please.
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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 to shrink a Raspberry Pi SD card image?

I have a 64gb sd card that has 15.6gb of space used, I used gparted to shrink the partition, but have no idea how to convert the two partitions /sda1 and /sda2 into a ~16gb .img file. Everytime I ...
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Swap vanished after reboot

I have installed Kubuntu 14.04 with an encrypted home directory. Although I had swap set up during the install, the swap space was not there after installing. This has happened to many people, there ...
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Formatting windows 8 partition without loosing data on ubuntu

How to format Windows 8 with dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 without loosing my data on Ubuntu? Can I change the size of partition for each OS too?
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Can't format / delete locked partition from gparted?

I can't format my hard disk for Ubuntu installation. It has Fedora installed in it. I wonder how to unlock the locked partition to delete and format it, since I am stuck at installing Ubuntu. I am now ...
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Format and partition second hard drive using terminal? (Ubuntu Server 14.04)

this is my first question on here... So, I’ve installed Ubuntu server 14.04 (32 bit) on a VirtualBox virtual PC. Originally i just made it with a 32gb virtual HDD so since then I’ve created a new ...
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How do I completly delete ubuntu 12.04 (only OS installed)?

I thought based on the tech spec alone, that the computer in question could work with it. I installed it from a disk on key. I thought it was slow because of that- but it's not.... I want to get rid ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on a unformatted harddrive? [duplicate]

I would like to install Ubuntu on a computer with an unformatted hard drive, do I need to format my harddrive before installing Ubuntu, or can I just install Ubuntu without any problems? Greetings, ...
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How to format Ubunutu 14.04 from laptop?

I only have Ubuntu os in my laptop, I want to format it and reinstall it in my Laptop. I made a bootable pd of the os, an i am using a asus laptop but the bootable window wont open. I need help!
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Cannot format 500GB USB HD: cannot create partition table

When I use disk utility I get the following error: Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error gparted also cannot create ...
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Stuck at GRUB menu

I feel really dumb saying this... Thanks to the help I received on this forum, I finally fixed my Wine/Pipelight issue and could finally upgrade from 'Trusty' to 'Utopic'. To clean up extra files, ...
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14.10 How to boot a RescueCD from Grub2

I kind of crashed my computer and I no longer have a GUI. I'm stuck in the Grub Terminal and don't know how to boot the LiveCD ISO on my USB key. I'm trapped! A list of commands would be great, a ...
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Unable to format pen drive

These are the errors i am facing. I have tried gparted and disks. Gparted error: Input/output error during write on /dev/sdc Error formatting volume Error wiping device: Command-line `wipefs ...
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How do I install Ubuntu 14.04 without losing data on a Windows 7 PC (physically)?

I have this windows PC, and I want to install this Ubuntu physically without VMware. Last time I installed this, I lost up-to 160GB, and it was all of my hard drive. I have 4 drives C:, D:, F: and E:. ...
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Tried formatting USB to NTFS and now I can no longer mount it or format it

I recently formatted my USB drive to NTFS using the command terminal however since then I am unable to mount the USB to my pc and when I try to reformat the USB it says that the permissions are set to ...
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How to format a USB flash drive?

In Windows there is a straightforward "Format" option in a flash drive's right-click pop-up menu. Where's that in Ubuntu? I understand there's always standard partition management command line stuff ...
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How to format a USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to format a USB flash drive? How do I clear everything (data, viruses) from a thumbdrive? How to format a pen drive in Ubuntu 12.04? I have this pen drive which ...
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Delete Ubuntu from dual boot Windows 8.1 in GPT disk [duplicate]

I'm using Windows dual booting with Ubuntu. I have uninstalled, and at that time my disk was formated as MBR. After deleting all partitions of Ubuntu I choose to rebuild the MBR in my disk. That way ...
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Is it recommended to format an external drive to ext4?

I have a new 2TB external hard drive I will be using for additional storage and backup. I will only use it on two Ubuntu machines. Is it recommended to format the drive to ext4? Are there any ...
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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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mke2fs hangs forever, ignores SIGKILL

(Ubuntu 14.04) Today I got two cheap 64GB SD cards I ordered from china. I wanted to format one as ext2 for use as an "SSD" in an old laptop (Former owner replaced broken HDD with SD adapter. The ...
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Format USB external disk for Ubuntu using OSX diskutil

I want to format a USB external disk using OSX's diskutil command-line utility, and I want to use a format for this that plays well with Ubuntu. The relevant format options I get from running ...
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Expand root partition without formatting

I would really like a clear guide to expand my root (/) partition. The screenshot shows my partitions (Windows 7/Ubuntu 14.04 - dual boot) and as you can see /dev/sda3 is my Ubuntu partition. I would ...
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How to show hard disk file system format [duplicate]

I want to see what file system format my hard drive uses on Ubuntu server 14.04 (Like ext2, ext3, etc..)
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How to format a USB drive for Startup disk?

I want to make a bootable live USB from Ubuntu 14.04. When I insert a free USB, Startup Disk Creator says Capacity: 7.5GB; Free 0.0GB. This is a free and working USB, as I can copy file on it. I ...
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How do I fix this hard drive?

I recently bought a 2TB WD Black hard drive and installed it in an enclosure to use as media storage for my Micca Spect media player. The installation went well and I booted into Ubuntu (14.04 LTS ...
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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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Can't format or delete partitions in pendirve cause of gpt table error

This is what I got while trying to format a partition in my pendirve: Error deleting partition /dev/sdb1: Command-line `parted --script "/dev/sdb" "rm 1"' exited with non-zero exit status 1: Warning: ...
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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 do i completely wipe my HDD [duplicate]

Not only i want to low level format it, i want to reinitialize it, factory reset style, like some kind of HDparm but in the deepest level, like, absolutely destroying every sector and or hard drive ...
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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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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 ...