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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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Max to debian installation [closed]

So I'm trying to convert this Mac to debian and it is not running through disk it's only opening the files on the disk. I used ARM64 for the debian boot and used cyberlink iso viewer to burn the cd. ...
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error trying to format hd

My laptop got stuck in the dreaded blue screen windows loop. I decided to try and install ubuntu... a fresh install. I have 14.04.3 on a usb drive which i can boot. I think there's some issue with my ...
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Can I Reinstall and Format An Encrypted Hard-drive?

In layman's terms, I'm essentially trying to do a reset on my computer. It's my secondary desktop, so I don't have anything important on it. But since I moved, I misplaced my passphrase for the disk ...
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How can I format Ubuntu [duplicate]

I turned my computer on, and there are no sidebars or toolbars and I can't open any apps. Even desktop isn't loaded the way it is supposed to be. I tried to fix it, but there is no way I can open ...
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I was formatting my USB in Ubuntu when the computer froze and now I can't see my USB

I was formatting my usb with the option set all 0s on. I've done it before and it's always gone well, but this time, the computer froze and so I had to take my usb out and put it in another computer. ...
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Mac to Linux formatting

Hey all I'm trying to convert a mac to a Ubuntu Linux system and am having trouble erasing all the software off the Mac. The command function for the Mac formatting is not functioning. Any ideas no ...
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HDD with no GUI only Grub rescue, want to install Win10 from USB, how? [closed]

I just bought a mini PC and it has no OS installed All I get on the screen is : Welcome to Grub Error unknown file system Entertaining rescue mode Grub rescue> The guy I bought it from isnt ...
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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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Does Ubuntu format my hardrive

I have been reading and I want to install Ubuntu. I saw it says that it can use all the hard drive and override the other OS. So my question is, will it delete everything in my hard drive and install ...
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How to remove Ubuntu and install Windows? [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and I want remove it and install Windows 10. I created a pen drive with Windows 10 on an other PC. I configured the BIOS and when I put the pen drive in my PC it doesn't boot. ...
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Can not format my sd card [duplicate]

I am new at ubuntu I am trying to install weezcly raspian I'm file from ubuntu 14.04 ltc, and since there are not room for installing it on my sd card I need to format it, and i can not format it I ...
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I think I lost my MAC HD (despered)

So, one of these days I decided to install Ubuntu on my mac mini but not with dual boot. I just installed in mac HD. So, today I wanted back my OS system and I tried to format the HD ( from terminal ) ...
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Regarding Data recovery [duplicate]

Recently I formatted Windows 7 to Ubuntu OS but unfortunately All my internal HDD formatted and now it's empty. I need my data back. Any one here to guide me further?
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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 GB and 7 GB. Now I want to format that USB. But when I try to format it, ...
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Unable to open /dev/sdb read-write (Read-only file system)

As in the title, I'm unable to format it as it says read-only. I've tried couple of searches and the solutions too. Even I tried GParted to see I have any luck. Unfortunately below is what I get. ...
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How to format a USB or external drive?

Using Ubuntu 11.10, how do I format an external or USB drive? I don't find an option to 'format' when I right click. In the new version, the drives don't come up on the desktop but instead come on ...
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formatting/partitioning: Ubuntu installer vs GParted vs gnome-disks utility

Ready to format/partition a 120GB SSD that has been securely erased by use of hdparm and install Ubuntu Studio 16.04 (currently running from a live USB). Should this be done via the Ubuntu installer ...
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Converting a lot of image jpg to png

I want to convert a lot of image(nearly 100) from jpg to png format. How can I do this without renaming them?
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issue setting a password before erasing ssd in what seems like the proper way

I think I've reached the conclusion that I need to format my ssd-drive. What I believe has happened is that once I updated my antivirus-software to the latest version it somehow detected that the copy ...
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Absolutely can NOT format this sd micro card

Have been reading and trying to format this sd card (no, the switch is unlocked). I have Ubuntu 12.04, the card is in a hub. The name for the card in my file menu is MOT (if that helps at all) there ...
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How to format a USB stick

My USB stick looks dead : victor@X301A1:~$ umount /dev/sdc1 victor@X301A1:~$ sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdc1 mkfs.vfat 3.0.12 (29 Oct 2011) mkfs.vfat: unable to open /dev/sdc1: Read-only file system ...
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How to format hard disk in Ubuntu 14.04?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2 and I want to format my disk for another operating system (Windows 10). My desire to do this stems from a recent problem I have been having with installing the new OS. I ...
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USB locked: how do I reinitialize layout of the whole device

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 onto a USB stick. I installed Ubuntu onto my laptop. When I try to format the USB stick, I get this error message: This partition cannot be modified because it contains a ...
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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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Shortage of free space on my hard disk

I was wrong in formatting my hard disk. I have around 1 GB of 14 GB, free on "filesystem" ('/' directory), but 471 GB free on "Home" (/home) I can do about it?
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Resize partition using Gparted

I want to resize my primary partition using Gparted, but due to the lock I am not able to do so: I would be grateful if someone tells me how to get rid of the lock so that I can resize this ...
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How can I force a format of an external HDD that Gparted and Disk Utility can't see?

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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Help on Formatting an USB

I cant format my usb because i tried to install Linux Mint on it and then, when i wanted to erase all data just appears to be 1 empty Gb on Gparted but the usb are actually 2Gb But file explorer ...
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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?
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Previously encrypted USB drive unable to format

I have a USB pen-drive that was given to me encrypted (with the key). After backing up its content, I decided to format it to remove the encryption using gparted. The format failed as it seems the ...
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Can't format Ubuntu installation stick

I've made an USB installer stick from Windows with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS , now I'm trying to format it from Ubuntu. When I try to format I get this error : This partition cannot be modified because it ...
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Do I need to format my data partition to ntfs?

Do I need to format my data partition to ntfs so I can copy back and forth from my home server to my windows machine without loosing formatting of docs, pics, etc?
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I can't format the usb flash memory stick

Hello guys I have a big problem here!! I tried everything and I can't format this usb. Please help me! I try to format with gparted and disks and with gparted I receive those errors: Partition(s) 1 ...
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How to recover Formatted system files data windows 7?

I was installing new version of windows as win 7 nd i mistakenly formatted drives of my system. Previousy four drives were there but now only one is displaying for installing. As i am unable to boot ...
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Is there a way to restore/format an iPod under Linux?

I have an iPod Classic, and it's full of duplicates and it's a complete mess and would like to start anew, and I was curious if there was a way to restore an iPod like you could under Windows/Mac?
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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 to set up Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive to backup an ext4 file system?

I just bought me a Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive to back up data from my laptop running Ubuntu 14.10. I tried unison file synchronizer, but I got errors Failed to set ...
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Problems with USB on Ubuntu 16.04

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 from a bootable USB. I made the disk by opening the iso with Archive Manager and then writing it to USB. I don't know what happened but I cannot format the pen drive now. Here ...
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Deleted Windows and data doesn't save when restarting

I am a newbie so I have no idea what to do :p I deleted windows when installing Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS from a usb and I clicked on format Hard drive and install ubuntu (or something like that). And ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu 15.10 (Swap partition creation failed) [duplicate]

I got a 2nd laptop with no operating system on it and I would like to install Ubuntu 15.10 on it. I made an bootable USB stick with a genuine version of Ubuntu 15.10 (from Ubuntu.com), and right now I'...
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“general input error ” when trying to view any files on pendrive. How do I make it go back to normal?

I was struggling with an issue with my pendrive ( lock symbol on files and folders disabling me to delete or rename or format it). I stumbled upon this link through Google: How to format a USB flash ...
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Startup Disk Creator fails to format USB drive

I'm trying to create a bootable Ubuntu disk using Startup Disk utility, but when I try to erase the USB memory, this appears: org.freedesktop.DBus.Python.GLib.Error: Traceback (most recent call last):...
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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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Can't format sdcard

I'm unable to format my sdcard and get following error when formating with gparted GParted 0.25.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize Libparted 3.2 Create Primary Partition #1 (fat32, ...
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how to format USB Flash Disk using Ubuntu terminal [duplicate]

I'm a total newbie in Linux specially Ubuntu, I'm just asking on how to format a USB using Ubuntu terminal. Hope you can help me thanks!
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How to format arp -a output?

I'm trying to format arp -a output to my liking. For example at the moment it outputs: MyRouter (172.16.3.x) at XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX [ether] on eth0 PC1 (172.16.3.x) at XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX [ether] on eth0 ...
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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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Cant format external drive, shoulds up with sudo lsblk

Trying to format a 1tb external, windows doesnt see it as a hard drive, and on ubuntu it shows properly if i use lsblk to view all drives (it shows size and everything), but if i try to open it i get ...
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Installed ubuntu on USB and want to resize the main partition

I installed ubuntu using the default settings on my USB 3 flash drive... but later on I found that it partitioned only 14GB for ubuntu main partition (dev/sdc2)243MB for /boot mountpoint,dev/sdc1 (...