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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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14.04 USB keep mounting itself

im 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 keep mounting itself. so ...
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After intalling Ubuntu it says that it will format loopback 1 and 2 and somethinmg like that

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Getting control of harddisk [closed]

I discovered an independent section booting windows. I believe this is why my owned Ubuntu was going crazy. The machine is not original. I tried removing Ubuntu displayed partitions are formatting. ...
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Can't perform slow (full) format on a SATA drive

I have an old SATA I drive which I am selling, so I want to fully format it and erase all data. When I try to do this in Disks, I get the error: "Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out ...
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Safest way to format and add unassigned partition to Ubuntu partition in a dual boot system with win 7

What is the safest way to format and add unassigned partition in a dual boot system with windows 7 and ubuntu 14.04.02. I usually tweak with my Ubuntu os and sometimes because of problematic tweaking ...
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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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Can not format my sd card

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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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 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? I have this pen drive which I made ...
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Completely…I mean COMPLETELY wiping my hardrive

I am new to linux, a total noob to be exact. I am using ubuntu 14.04.2 I am having a problem with people at school who have somehow hacked my computer. I have formatted my hard drive 3 or 4 times ...
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Can't Make Partition Larger 4GB [duplicate]

I am trying to setup dual boot between Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04.2. Right now I am using Windows 7. I have already burned the ISO file for Ubuntu onto a DVD. The problem is that I can't shrink my C ...
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How to completely reset/format usb drive like a new drive?

I've tortured my USB flash drive by formatting to different filesystems, partitioning, dd, parted mklabel gpt/msdos and other things. Now, Ubuntu's start up disk creator seems confused when creating ...
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Ubuntu Linux + Windows 7 Dual Boot

when I was installing Linux I planned for a dual boot of Windows7 / Ubuntu. When I was installing Linux, I was choosing the partition for which to install Linux. I accidentally formatted the ...
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baktrack installation stopped, the computer will not boot

this is my first time in the forum. I run a hp laptop with windows 7 and ubuntu on it (lucid lynx I think). I was running baktrack on a usb on this laptop, when I by mistake used the install.sh with ...
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Re-install Ubuntu on Ubuntu without CD - USB

Is that possible to re-install Ubuntu 14.04 on Ubuntu 14.04 without using any cd, dvd or usb? I have only Ubuntu 14.04 on my pc. I have been messing around with this OS as I am new to it. Now I want ...
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formatting a drive to FAT32 with mkdosfs, need some info

I'd like to know how I can specify the cluster size when using mkdosfs /dev/sdx -F 32. I read somewhere that if you want to format it with a 32kb cluster size, this is the command: mkdosfs /dev/sdx ...