I know its a duplicate question, but I couldn't find a answer that would have satisfied me..

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, You know I was holding with the LTS but couldn't resist all those new enhancements either. So now the Disk Utility is gone.

So some existing posts on "how to format a usb" refer to using Disks, selecting More Actions and then Format... I don't know if I am doing right? see here.

and then I go for Edit Partition Type and now I see a lot of option for FAT32. Which one to select?

And If I use terminal- Is this correct? I need citation.

$sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1

I also tried using gparted, but It wont allow me formating. See here.

I'd prefer to use terminal :)


GParted is by far the best option. The picture you showed is normal, as you have to unmount the partition before you can format it.

The terminal command you gave, at a guess, might just create a new partition table of type 'vfat'.

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  • this command used to work with redhat, I think some more info will be helpful. new partition table of type 'vfat' - why do I have to worry about that? – Nick K Jan 15 '14 at 11:00
  • And yes thanks Gparted works, I am felling so dumb.. +1vote up for that :) – Nick K Jan 15 '14 at 11:03
  • It would format the partition table, which organises the disk, and vfat would be alright for that,but it might not create any partitions. If Gparted worked, your problem should be solved ;-) – Wilf Jan 15 '14 at 11:08
  • yes, I wanna know the best of the three, and preferably using terminal. So I shall wait for more answers. – Nick K Jan 15 '14 at 11:48

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