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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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Recovering a file after having formatted from NTFS to EXT4

I used to have windows 7 but I've recently formatted my hard drive to install kubuntu and I've just realized that I forgot to backup a hidden .dat file which defines my bitcoin wallet. Is it possible ...
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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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Does clonezilla format the destination HDD?

I want to make an image of my OS partitions. I just have a HDD with important data on it here which i won't format because of it's data. Now I want to know if clonezilla formats the destination HDD ...
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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 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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how to change calender to persian calender like in kde?

If we set the language support and location in KDE for a special country like my country Iran, it change the calender and date time format for that country usage. Now i need to do so in my Ubuntu ...
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Format a removable media device without password

I want to format a usb flash drive, and it really is a pain to enter the administrative account just for that, and moreover does that mean that a user who own a usb drive can't format it if he doesn't ...
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GParted Won't Format FAT32 Partition

I get this error when attempting to create a FAT32 partition with GParted: mkdosfs: failed whilst writing FAT I've tried creating a new partition table first, wiping the drive (with 0's), and ...
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USB NTFS pen drive and hard drive not working after plugging them into Ubuntu

I connected a USB key (NTFS formatted) with data in it, on 12.04, after I disconnected it, I was no longer able to access the USB key neither from Windows nor from Ubuntu. The system asks me to format ...
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How to format a SD card easily in KDE?

first I want to clarify that I know how to do this with programs like kde-partitionmanager or gparted. What I am really looking for is a easy way such as right click in dolphin on my SD Card or USB ...
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Floppy is read but not written on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm trying to mount a floppy drive (tested on windows98, it works) but I still encounter mounting errors. I enabled the floppy drive for my user - which has been disabled - and installed udisks. ...
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Cannot format micro sd card

I apparently did something wrong while trying to format my micro sd card 8 GB. I have used it for one and a half year in my old phone without any problems and now I wanted to format it to use in my ...
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Problem creating ext4 partition

I can format partition to linux-swap and ntfs, but can't for ext4. I did boot on a ubuntu usbkey in "try ubuntu" mode. /dev/sda1 was unmounted Here is gparted reports : GParted 0.11.0 ...
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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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Can't recover formatted Ext4 partition file system. :( Suggestions?

I've been at this for days now, so I'm hoping you can help me! Original setup: This is a 200GB firewire drive, originally formatted via Ubuntu 11.04 Disk Manager with a Master Boot Record, and a ...
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How do I choose M4A format music downloads in the Music Store?

The albums in the Ubuntu Music Store are shown to be available as mp3 or M4A files. How can I decide which format to download? I am not using Mac but I would prefer to download M4A.
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Formatting HDD and USB-stick results in broken “unknown” file system

I am trying to format a new hard disk (and a USB-stick) using GParted. After successfully formatting the drive (to ext2, ext4, ntfs, fat16, whatever), GParted tries to reload the partition data and ...
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Copying to NTFS drives

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Windows XP. I have copies files from Ubuntu to my Drive E: and all went well. Log into Windows and Drive E: is classed as a Local Drive and appears not to be ...
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Sound recorder cannot record sound in ubuntu 14.04 as it has no format to record the sound to

Please edit the heading, I could not think of anything but that. I installed sound recorder in ubuntu 14.04 and after installing I tried to record sound but the record as field was empty, It had no ...
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Can not format my SD card

I have a 8 GB memory card which is totally corrupted and I am not able to format it using GParted, Terminal and other tools.Every time getting error messages.
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New HDD formating on Ext4 root permission

I have this new 80Gb HDD I want to use it as a backup storage for my actual system (14.04) not a server. I formatted it with Gpart but I just can't write in it, when I search for permissions it tells ...
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USB flash drive mysterious label

I am using Ubuntu 14.04. I used my USB drive to install Kali Linux to another computer. After that, every time I format that drive using gParted with no label, instead of showing something like ...
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Formatting for Windows 8 Dual Boot - Drive Not Found

I have a ubuntu PC that I'm trying to install Windows 8 on as a dual boot. I used gparted to shrink the existing partition and create a new one formatted as ntfs, but when I tried to install windows ...
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How to create partition on SSD for booting Ubuntu and Windows 7

I just completed a computer build, and I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on the 250GB Samsung SSD that I will be using to boot both Ubuntu and Windows 7. I would like to put some other programs on the SSD, and ...
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what is the effect on an MP3 player used for install of Ubuntu?

When an .iso or .img file is copied with dd, what effect does that have on the USB stick? In this case, it's a 2GB mp3 player which, while not expensive to replace, I would like to use again for ...
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MP3 Not recognized anymore on Ubuntu 14.04

I formatted my DGM DA140 MP3 player with MBR/DOS with zeros (The slow one). Now I can see it or put anything thing on it but it does come up under disks. Device: /dev/sdb Contents: Unknown Any help? ...
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14.04 amd64 splash stuck! exec format error help

hello!this is my first try getting into Ubuntu,i used drivedroid to install Ubuntu 14.04 amd64,and it stucks at splash screen. i'm using dualcore CPU with nvidia graphic card,also 8GB RAM and 64GB ...
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Can not Format Usb Drive “Read Only”

So I was using my usb at other place (windows) and now I noticed that I can not format or write on it. I tried to format it on ubuntu and on windows same problem (read only problem) I tried, ...
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formatting not working error showing in pendrive (error showing)?

Error creating file system: Command-line `parted --script "/dev/sdb" mktable msdos' exited with non-zero exit status 1: Error: Input/output error during read on /dev/sdb (udisks-error-quark, 0) did ...
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Is there a way to uninstall everything BUT the Ubuntu OS ? I want to clean my virtual machine,

I wonder if there is a command which cleans my virtual machine completely, by removing everything but the operating system. And no i dont prefer to create a new one and delete the old one completely.
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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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I attempeted to format ubuntu

I was trying to format ubuntu so i selected Restore to Factory Settings but nothing happened so i deleted all the partitions including the admin so now i am trying to make the partitions using guest ...
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how to create auto expanding, expandable, non-fixed dynamic resizing img image files

Please tell me how to make a .img file that auto expands as data is copied into it. I know this is possible. I used to make them all the time to create Debian and Ubuntu loop files for Android ...
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cannont mount/format USB pendrive

Yesterday, while I was working on several files stored in my USB, suddenly, it was not recognized by the system. It is shown at Disk Utility as 'Generic USB Mass Storage', but I cannot format it. ...
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personally identifiable information

will rm -rf /home/exampleuser/* remove ALL data including "stored" personal information that may still be on the system such as credit card numbers and passowrd etc.?
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Hard drive not detected in ubuntu live boot

I wanted to format my hard drive. i booted Ubuntu 13.10 but the hard drive is not available for mounting. The hard drive is also not detected in either fdisk or gparted utilities. There is no sda* ...
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Installing Ubuntu +Grub/lilo from usb

When I'm trying to install 12.04 on my formatted drive. it works fine until the master boot loader step. It can't install lilo or grub. It throws this error for grub Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' ...
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Format impossible usb key 64Go

I can not format my usb key drive. Also my USB key is not shown. But when I use the program Disk I can see it. I used disk app Ubuntu and it show that I have no volume and no media on it : Media ...
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The installer fails the disk space check

The installer fails the disk space check and errors with: “has at least 4.4 Gb available drive space” I launch a terminal to display space: df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted ...
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Forwarding HTML in Kmail

Kmail is not respecting HTML formatted emails when I forward them. In templates, %FORCEDHTML just removes the message in the editor. How to?
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Running off disc, can't format internal HD

I have 12.04 on a disc, in an external drive connected by USB running, and using disc utility I get this message when trying to format the drive: "Details Error creating partition table: helper ...
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After installing Ubuntu as dual-boot: HDD Raw format

I had installed Win7 on my SSD 128gb and wanted to add Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it. My Ubuntu ISO was created on an USB Stick using Yumi Multi-OS installer. So i booted from USB, selected Ubuntu and then ...
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Formatting a hard drive-Daemon is inhibited

I'm brand new to Ubuntu (and still getting my sea-legs with computer repairs in general) and am attempting to completely start from scratch on a hard disc that had a bad install of Vista in order to ...
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Error while creating new partition on SD card

My SD card was locked, using a Nokia phone, and I had forgotten the password. So I cleared the SD card in my Ubuntu 13.10. When I tried to create a new partition, it showed the following error: Error ...
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after formatting and reinstalling trash is full

so I formatted hard and reinstalled 13.04 but the trash was full. I mean it kept all the files I deleted on previous system (same 13.04). is it normal?
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Printing an email

I am strugglging with a serious lack of unix knowledge. I would like to download an email and print it immediately on receipt. System info: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Running as a VM EDIT TO CORRECT THE MTA ...
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Data recovery after formating from ntfs to ext

Ok, my 320GB internal laptop HDD was partioned as (1) 20GB partion EXT4 (2) about 290GB extended partion to two NTFS partions (3) 4GB SWAP partion Sure ubuntu is installed on the "EXT" partition ...
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How to perform migration using a single machine

Is it possible to have two installations of Ubuntu 12.04 in the same machine? (one old and one fresh?) Assuming that there is one, then I will install all the necessary packages in the fresh machine ...
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Formatted Volume Group in need of recover (test disk doesnt seem to cut it)

First of all, my bad if I placed this question on the wrong forum but I am working on Ubuntu so it is relevant. So here it goes. I while ago (like 6 months ago) I decided I would try out windows ...