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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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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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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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How do I clear everything (data, viruses) from a thumbdrive?

Say I used some thumbdrive on a public Windows computer and I copy some data to my Ubuntu computer with it. I cannot be completely sure that the Windows computer was clean, and it might have put ...
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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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Partition does not start on physical sector boundary?

I've one HD on my laptop, with two partitions (one ext3 with Ubuntu 12.04 installed and one swap). fdisk is giving me a Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary warning. What is the ...
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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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Unknown ERROR from Startup Disk Creator

I don't understand this error from the Startup Disk Creator: org.freedesktop.DBus.Python.AttributeError: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/dbus/service.py", ...
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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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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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Why is there 4.86(maybe 15.1) GB of USED-space on a newly partitioned and formatted 298 GB drive (as ext4 by Gparted)

Well the question says most of it... Gparted reports the used space as 4.86 GB Nautilus reports used space as 15.1 GB...(via Properties of /media/U_0298_data) Why is this space used? and who is ...
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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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Is there any recovery software available for ext4?

Well, I have accidentally deleted my Ubuntu drive. I just want to recover all the contents of /home. Is there a way to do it? I referred to foremost, where I need to specify the extensions of files. ...
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How can I set the date format to my country setting?

I am German, but I use only English software. Hence, I am also using English Ubuntu. It's not because I don't know how to install German Ubuntu. It's because I prefer to work with English software ...
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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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How to reformat a drive with NTFS?

I currently have a corrupted NTFS external drive that I want to re-format in a format that can be read by Linux and Windows - suggestions? I want to reformat my 1TB NTFS drive to a format that can be ...
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Sandisk USB not detected by Ubuntu 14.04 but detected by Windows 7

I have a SanDisk 16GB USB drive that is not being detected by Ubuntu 14.04 but is detected by Windows 7. lsusb detects it but sudo fdisk -l or blkid doesn't. Even GParted and Disks don't detect it. ...
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What's the difference of partition type and filesystem type?

I'm formatting my Seagate Freeagent external HDD in Linux to FAT filesystem, because it can't be done in Windows, but I'm wondering, what's the difference betweeen partition type and filesystem type? ...
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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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Format usb and confirm all zeros

I want to format my usb drive and confirm that it has been filled with all zeros. For formatting this is the command I am using: sudo mkfs.vfat -I /dev/sdb How do I confirm the device is filled with ...
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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 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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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 to zero out a drive?

I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04 and want to completely format my laptop so I can install Windows 7 (replace Ubuntu). When I put in my bootable USB with the OS it just shows a black screen with a ...
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Retrieve file of a deleted partition

A hard-drive with four partitions Ubuntu Swap Data Free was accidentally formated and then partitioned in the same way with the same partition sizes again. I am looking for a way to retrieve a ...
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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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Copying root partition and /home to a new larger hard drive

I am getting a larger hard drive and would like to copy root directory to it. The partition for root is 20G. I would like to make it larger on the new drive. I also would like to copy /home to a ...
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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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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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Format external hard drive to ext4 in command line [duplicate]

How do you format an external hard drive to ext4 via the command line in ubuntu?
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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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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 do I format a TrueCrypt-encrypted flashdrive?

I encrypted a flashdrive using TrueCrypt, but now I've changed my mind and I want to format it as an unencrypted drive. When I plug it in it is no longer appears on the launcher or in the Nautilus ...
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Advanced Format Alignment using parted

How do I align a Western Digital Advanced Format hard drive using minimal (4K) alignment when installing Ubuntu 11.04? Should I do it before installing via the LiveCD? If so, do I select to "Try ...
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How to format FAT32 filesystem infected with windows virus and that is write protected

I have a pendrive with FAT32 filesystem. it is infected with virus dont know which but has autorun.inf and create exe file within folder. I tried to format it with various filesystems and even try to ...
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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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How to format an external drive to ext4 in Ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

In Ubuntu 13.04 the Disk Utility has been renamed to Disks and has a completely new interface. Using this new version of Disks I want to format my external hard drive to ext4, but the answers to this ...
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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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Is there any way to format my hard drive so that data cannot be restored? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I have 500 GB HD and I have very important personal data in it. The thing is that if ...
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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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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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How to completely erase hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I securely erase a USB hard drive? How to delete file(s) in secure manner? I am looking for software/script/whatever that can completely destroy data on hard ...
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How can I convert an AVI file to a Blackberry-compatible format?

I need a program to convert an AVI file to a format compatible with my Blackberry. On Windows, I've tried format factory and converted the .avi file to .3gp, but the output is of very bad quality.
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Low level format of hard drive

Can somebody please tell me how can I format a hard drive at a low enough level that the boot sector is re-written? I guess the equivalent of fdisk /mbr.
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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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I would like to fully erase my hard drive and start from a clean slate with Ubuntu

How do I do that? Can I fully format the internal hard drive and then install Ubuntu, or would that leave all systems, including usb and cd drives unoperable. Otherwise, how do I remove windows ...
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Is it safe to use a USB external drive without a valid partition table?

Here's what I did: Installed the SATA hard disk in the enclosure Connected it via USB With Disk Utility I formatted the drive with an EXT4 file system Started using the hard drive without any issue ...
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Thunderbird date format?

I have ubuntu 10.04 running Thunderbird 14.0 How do I change the date format to international standard? (eg; 2012-07-26) My system date already shows this format.
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Installed Ubuntu and accidently gave all the hard disk space to Ubuntu

Saying this, when i booted and installed Ubuntu, my hard disk was whole formatted. I had plenty of pictures, videos and music on my Local Disk [D] drive and i don't want to loose it!!! Now i have ...
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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!