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Switching to Ubuntu from Windows

I've been using Ubuntu for a while now. I still have windows installed and it's taking up the majority of my hard drive space. I want to fully switch to Ubuntu though. I've backed up everything I need ...
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After format using ubuntu. copying has not worked [on hold]

I formated my pen drive using ubuntu. Then I copy some movies to pen drive using ubuntu.then I connect my pen drive in to a windows machine. Windows shows that there are no files in my pen. What ...
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I want to fully switch to Ubuntu

Right now I have windows and Ubuntu on my laptop. I don't use Windows anymore. But it still has the majority of my hard drive space. How do I fully switch to Ubuntu. Also. It is apparently badly ...
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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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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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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 to format hard drive without functional OS

I was previously dual booting Ubuntu and Windows but by mistake I have deleted a partition. I don't know which one but neither OS is getting loaded. It is stuck at this scene: Error:unknown file ...
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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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How to Recover USB flashdrive bricked during format [closed]

I formatted a live USB under windows, but it got completely bricked. It shows up in Disks as having a 478MB efi partition containing archiso(files are recognized, but I doubt they are intact) and 15GB ...
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External HDD in RAW formatted. Will ubuntu be able to access the device and use/recover my data

I have an external HDD, which somehow is now in RAW format, but I need the data off it. Will Ubuntu allow me to view the files stored on it and also copy them to a new HDD?
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Can't log in to format or remove Ubuntu

I can't log in to my Dell Laptop Inspiron 15 with Ubuntu 14.04LTS software. would any body please tell me How to format my laptop considering fact i can't log in.
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Error wiping newly created partition /dev/sdb1

I know this may possibly a duplicate but i tried a lot of things to solve this error. There are already two partition and i am trying to create third one but it shows the following error. Even i ...
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Unknown problem with mounting the external hard disk

I recently formatted my hard disk accidentally and then got some of my data back with TestDisk through copying. I didnt wanted all the stuff in it.But after doing that I could not open my external in ...
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14.04 USB keeps mounting itself

I'm trying to format my USB flash drive, but when I sudo umount /dev/sdb1 it doesn't work. So I tried to format it with Ubuntu disk utility app. When I tried to unmount it, it keeps mounting itself. ...
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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 and ...
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Is there any way to unformat an external hard drive?

I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard disk.Is there any software to undo it.Or any way to just recover the photos in it.
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Format partition error! [closed]

So the tried formatting my hard drive Main cause of problems and then i got this message with the terminal sudo fdisk / dev / sda fdisk : Unable to read / dev / hda : Input / output error Please ...
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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 do I determine my drive's file format?

How do I find out what format my hard drive is in?
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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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Cannot format memory stick to fat32

I am trying to format my usb stick on /dev/sdc, partition sdc1: sudo mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdc1 I get the following for a few seconds, no error: mkfs.fat 3.0.26 (2014-03-07) However, sudo fdisk ...
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After intalling Ubuntu it says that it will format loopback 1 and 2 and somethinmg like that [duplicate]

I recently installed ubuntu using wubi. After installation it asked to reebot so i reeboted my computer. Ubuntu starts and says something like format loopback 1 as ext 3 and loopback 2 as ext 4. I ...
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I want to format my hdds using the ubuntu installer [duplicate]

I have 3 drives and want to format them completely, I am told that the ubuntu installation format is the way to go. How do I use the installer to format without installing?
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Bash create custom string

how could in bash a pattern like ROW1 n1 n2 n3 n4 up to 300 be done with some command in bash or also just perl...the delimiter would need to be \t as above
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Can't format my externall HD: I/O error

I'm trying to format an external USB drive with GParted but the application can't see it. It says: Input/output error while reading /dev/sdc A sudo fdisk -l don't show anything about this drive... ...
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Formatting Hard Drives Takes Ages

I am formatting my hard drive using the "disks" utility. I selected my 3TB hard drive and chose the option not to partition it, but do a complete full erase (i.e. not the quick-erase option). It ...
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Reinstall Ubuntu with encrypted home directory?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed with encrypted home directory. /home is on a a separate partition. Can I just boot from a 10.10 CD, reformat / and install as usual? Should it work if I use the same ...
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Reinstalling Ubuntu without formating /home, as well as without any old config files?

I have /home on a separate partition. I want to reinstall Ubuntu. I don't want to lose my personal files in /home (I already have a backup but I would like to avoid the hassle of restoring the ...
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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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How to completely remove windows 8 from laptop

I am currently using Ubuntu 15.04 in my Lenovo ideapad Z510 which was preinstalled with Windows 8.1. Once I shifted to linux, I decided to dual-boot it with windows 8.1 temporarily. So later when I ...
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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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Ubuntu 13.10, format the entire harddrive and install Windows 8.1

I'm stuck with my laptop as I explained here :Windows 8.1 doesn't appear in GRUB2 I can't find a solution. To resume: I have a Asus N53S with ubuntu 13.10 installed and Windows 8.1 but GRUB can't ...
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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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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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Error formatting disk

I'm trying to format my hard drive using a live disc, I need to change the partition table to GPT because my Windows install CD didn't work. The full error goes like this: Error Formatting disk ...
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Can't format hard drive [duplicate]

I'm trying to format my hard drive, and at the same time change it to GPT. I'll replace ubuntu with windows so I'm okay with losing all the data :) I searched disks, chose the main hard drive, ...
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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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Should you format your disk running Ubuntu? [closed]

Back in the days on Windows, I used to format my disk used with Windows once a year or so. Would you recommend the same for Ubuntu?
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ubuntu partition formatted in windows 8 [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted my ubuntu partition in win 8. when i restarted the system, I am getting the grub > command line. I tried the ls command, and it listed the following: hd0 hd1 hd2 hd2 gpt7 ...
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You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run: libc.so.6

I have recently moved over from SteamOS which is Debian Wheazy. None of the other fixes have not worked, I tried getting steam both through Steam itself and the Ubuntu Center.
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How to specify block size when formatting?

I need to format a 4 GB Pendrive with blocks size of 4 KB in NTFS format type. I understand that I can do mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdb1 to give NTFS format. But is there any way (parameter or something like ...
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Ubuntu Installer Hanging

My Ubuntu installer hangs at the first displayed step of the installation process. This step is the formatting of the drive to ext4 format for Ubuntu to be installed in. I have done a ton of googling ...
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Pls Help.. think i lost my MAC HD (despered)

So... one of this 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 sistem and i tryed to format the HD ( from terminal ...
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When I Formatted an external hard drive in Ubuntu the drive disappeared from the list of devices

I just installed Ubuntu and I connected an external hard drive. I then went into the Files Icon and selected the external drive so I could format it. When I began the format, the drive disappeared ...
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Replacing win 7 with ubuntu? [duplicate]

Guys as u can see I want to install Ubuntu,not dual boot. My question is when I select Replace windows with Ubuntu,will it delete all my data (complete hard disk format) or just windows 7 data (my C: ...
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Do I absolutely need to format my Ext HDD in order to use it to install Ubuntu?

My goal is to run Windows 8.1 on my Laptop from the factory-installed HDD, and use the same EXT USB 3.0 HDD that I use to backup my files as the location for my Ubuntu Install. I am under the ...
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Error in formatting corrupted Micro Sd Card

Initially this 4 gb microSD worked for a couple days inside a cellphone before it stopped functioning. I have used an adapter to plug it into my computer making sure that the write protected switch ...
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Will 13.10 format a usb stick native via “Files”?

I plug in the drive, "Files" opens. Right click on the drive, select format, choose ntfs (or fat or ext4) click format again, all the boxes go away and nothing is done. User has read/write permission, ...
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Making bootable Ubuntu USBstick: fat32 or vfat?

I am trying to make a bootable USB stick, for an Ubuntu workstation, on an Ubuntu laptop. All goes well until I actually try to make the bootable stick. (Startup Disk Creator). Then (soon) it says ...