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Disk formatting is the process of preparing a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, solid-state drive, floppy disk or USB flash drive for initial use. Use this tag for questions regarding formatting an HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, SD card, etc.

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Formatting read only drive

My HP pen drive was once used in crypto mining somewhere(I don't know how). I want to format it to regain space because copying is not allowed in this drive, but I can't do that because it is read-...
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It is possible to change the version from Ubuntu 24.04 to Ubuntu 20.04, without formatting

I am a new user of Ubuntu (dual-boot with W10), and I have version 24.04, it does not have the necessary packages for several programs that I need to run, the solution is to change to version 20.04. I ...
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Is it possible to use old home folder after encryption?

My company wants me to format my computer and do disk encryption however I have tons of customizations on my pc so I don't want to lose them. I thought I can copy my home folder into external disk and ...
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Surface Pro 5 cannot find bootable drive, trying to install Ubuntu in place of windows 10 os

I had successfully downloaded ubuntu in place of microsoft then was blocked from downloading a software packet through the terminal by secure boot. I went to the bios screen and disabled secure boot ...
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Fully wiping out installed Ubuntu

I have an existing pre-installed Ubuntu that I wan't to make sure its completely wiped out. If I do an installation of Kubuntu guided using the entire disk + encryption LVM would that do the trick or ...
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Resolving udisk-error-quark 4 when trying to format a disk

I have a 128 GB ssd on an ubuntu 20.04.6 system and am trying to format it using the disk manager provided by the GUI. I am running into the error "udisk-error-quark 4". I have tried using ...
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Usb drive has showed a lot of partition in lsblk, but none partition really exist

I'm was trying to delete all partition in a usb drive(a sd card with 64Gb storge), and by lsblk it showed that there is 12 partition and pretty much correct total disk size(59.5/64) NAME MAJ:...
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Formatting a USB flash drive

I have a simple question, but still need some advice before I continue, since I already ruined one USB flash drive once. I am running a Ubuntu 20.04 system and have a USB flash drive of 128 GB. I want ...
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Confused about command line options for Linux mkfs

I am formatting a new drive on Ubuntu 20.04, and I am at the step where I format the drive to ext4. One article (https://linuxize.com/post/fdisk-command-in-linux/) says to do this: sudo mkfs.ext4 -F /...
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Not sure how to format existing partition from within new Ubuntu 23.10 installer

I'm trying to perform, from a bootable USB stick, a fresh install of Ubuntu 23.10 on my machine whose drive is already partitioned into a root and a home partition. Ubuntu's installer's manual ...
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How to format old windows pc

I have an old HP laptop running on windows 8.1, the owner forgot his password so he tried resetting it with some commands like (enter+f1+Del) thats what he says, then the laptop reboots, on the ...
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impossible to do anything with my usb stick

So a few months ago, I used a USB stick with windows to run wii games with The Homebrew channel. Everything was fine until i noticed that my usb key wouldn't add files on it anymore, even though there ...
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recovery of USB drive after accidental formats of its entire block

Yes, I was dumb enough to not check that I formatted the whole block as fat32, then NTFS and multiple attempts to rejuvenate it using dd-ing a blank disk image file. On inspection of size using ...
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(exFAT) Unable to mount or use brand new WD MyBook 14Tb external HDD

I have an issue and I can't seem to have any solution for it. I'm trying to connect a brand new WD MyBook 14Tb to my Ubuntu computer externally. The HDD is recognized and identified but the Exfat ...
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Does partitioning or formatting a partition on an external hdd on ubuntu erase the whole disk?

I have my external HDD formatted as ntfs for windows as i have dual boot and it has important data on it in addition i have plenty of empty space on it and wish to use part of it for Linux usage, so ...
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Problem burn blank dvd-RW "linux-windows"

Neither windows nor any linux system burn blank dvd-rw or blank dvd-r. First time, first experience. And i need it urgently because I need install Fedora 10 for study purposes which isn't getting ...
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Is 52MB/s normal speed for formatting a drive?

I'm currently formatting a 12TB drive, and the speed is limited to 52MB/s. Under Windows, the same drive formats at 250MB/s. I'm not doing a quick format (full erase) and both setups are using USB3 ...
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Mistakenly formatted external big USB drive instead of intented USB drive - can I recover the files?

I have this external USB (2TB) disk where I place all my photos and such. The other day I was making a Unity(!) startup-disk on a separate USB stick but mistakenly put the files on this external disk ...
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Error when I want to enter Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

I installed Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on my Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 two months ago and last Friday I tried to enter Ubuntu but got an unexpected error Last time I used it there was no problem. I tried ...
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Formatting USB drive is disabled in gnome-disks

I got a new USB stick I could not use. gnome-disks app shows that it's not formatted, but does not allow me to format it even when running it with superuser. What could be the problem here, and how ...
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Was formatting my flash drive then I closed the process, now my flash drive isn’t showing up, what do I do?

I was formatting my flash drive then I mistakenly closed it while still formatting, now my flash drive won’t show up anymore, what do I do?
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Format USB drive that is formatted as FAT32, into EXT4 from Windows 11/WSL

I have a USB stick that is formatted as FAT32. I want to format it as EXT4 but I cannot do that from Windows despite following the advice. As the usb stick is formatted in FAT32 I can't see it in WSL, ...
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What should I do ? After, Removing my drive in between formating.Can you please suggest me a website [closed]

How do I format it to make it like a regular pendrive.? I was recently trying to boot the Chrome OS Flex in my pendrive in my Ubuntu 22.04 LTS system, using google guide from this website. Google ...
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How to mount an external hard drive when it disappeared after formatting it to ext4 with parted?

I have a 'My passport' external hard drive that I wanted to format to EXT4 to use for Linux Ubuntu 22.04. The drive is almost empty but has a few files by default that I didn't mind keeping, so I ...
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Reinstalled Ubuntu on a new drive, formatted & removed old drive - now coming to emergency mode

I installed a new NVMe drive, and used a LiveUSB to format & install Ubuntu 22.04 onto it. I then formatted the old drive Ubuntu was on and removed it from the computer. Whenever I boot now, I get ...
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Gnome Disks - "ATA Enchanced Secure Erase" disabled

The "ATA Enchanced Secure Erase" option for my SSD is disabled in the Gnome Disks utility on Ubuntu 22.04 - how to enable it?
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Formatted hard drive to ntfs with ubuntu gnome disks but doesn't work on Windows

I used GNOME Disks to format my external drive to NTFS. Now the drive works correctly when I am booted into Ubuntu but not when I am booted into Windows 10. I have a dual-boot pc and want to use this ...
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After formatting USB drive, "Failed to take ownership"

I've used the GUI Disks to format a USB drive just purchased as ext4. After formatting, I get the message: Failed to take ownership of newly created filesystem: Cannot mount /dev/sda1 at /run/udisks2/...
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Unable to reformat an SSD from Ext4 to any other filesystem

Any attempt to reformat said SSD just doesn't work. I used to run Linux Mint on it but a couple months ago the OS crashed and wouldn't open past the mint logo screen then some error messages. I'm now ...
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Partitioning an HFS+/MBR-formatted external drive without data loss

(Likely a duplicate, but Google is failing me) I have a 2 TB external hard drive, formatted with a single HFS+ partition and an MBR partitioning scheme. It's currently holding a backup of my old ...
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Partition not showing in file manager after formating

I formated one partition(volume 1) in disks app and then that partition not shows in files i have one sdd(only one partition) and hdd(3 partitons) files not showing volume 1 disks app partition 1
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Format Readonly SD Card ( udisks-error-quark, 0)

I got a sd card that i need to format, but i cannot, i tried various answers from questions in superuser and askubuntu but none of them worked. ( before asking, my sd card is unlocked ). So, how can i ...
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Repair EFI partion after accidental formating [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted my EFI partition so now the system won't boot. I am a complete novice in this. I did some research about this issue on the internet but no positive results so far(basically ...
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Two disks showing contents unknown and unable to format or partition

I recently added a new internal hard disk to my setup and now my two other data drives are suddenly showing as 'Contents Unknown' in the disks application with no option to mount them. I assume it ...
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How to make files app to detect usb

My USB stick is not being detected by the files app even after inserting the USB it is not being displayed in files. But other apps such as disk app is able to recognize the USB. I recently formatted ...
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How to format usb device

I have a usb stick that doesn't show up in Dolphin, my filemanager. If I type lsusb in the terminal it shows up. Bus 001 Device 010: ID 090c:1000 Silicon Motion, Inc. - Taiwan (formerly Feiya ...
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PC crashed while formating USB Stick from FAT32 to EXT4, now the USB stick won't work

I just bought a new 3.0 128gb USB Stick. The USB worked fine and everything. I could put data on it and delete it. Then I wanted to put Ubuntu on this stick to make a bootable USB stick. I followed ...
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Cannot dual boot MacOS & Ubuntu

I encountered this issue quite often and tested a few solutions so I hope this will help. Initially, I was aiming at dual-booting MacOS and Ubuntu on a Macbook Pro, which worked after few attempts but ...
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Format a permanent-data SD Card

I want to make a bootable pen drive of windows. I have a 64-GB SD Card in which I want to make it. But it is not formatting. The files are all coming back. I think it's not corrupted. Can you please ...
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Can't access windows partition after Ubuntu dual boot install. Any way to access files?

After installing Ubuntu, I can no longer boot into Windows. This issue was detailed here. I've basically given up on accessing windows on this laptop again. I would now like to know if there is any ...
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How do I get an array of currently attached (but not formatted/mounted) hard drives sorted by size (but without the sizing data in the array)

I wanted a way to script the mounting of hard drives to a specific mount point. After some browsing, I found: https://gist.github.com/trentmswanson/9c22bb71182e982bd36f This was for MS Azure and did ...
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Installing a new 4tb hdd not knowing to go for e.g. ext4 or NTFS as a format, some advice please

To keep it short and sweet: just bought a 4tb disk to replace a broken one. Not sure to use a linux format a.i. ext4 or NTFS. I will mainly use the disk to store music and films and some (Win-)...
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Error wiping device: Failed to probe the device '/dev/sdb' (udisks-error-quark, 0)

I connected my 1 year old hard drive from my old PC to my new PC, at first everything worked. Then I wanted to format it and went into the "Disks" programm. There I selected the option "...
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Need to scrub my HD (maybe)

I'm new at this, so please stick with amateur terms as much as possible! My hard disk contains a botched Windows 10 installation and Ubuntu 20.04. This was a dual boot system until I tried to do a ...
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Why Cant I use the 30GB free space to install Kubuntu

I was trying to install Kubuntu 20.04 as a small partition on my HDD. All was going good until I was using the guided option to resize my HDD to make a partition to Install. When it finished creating ...
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How to safely "reset" the hard drive

In the course of trying different operating systems on my old Macbook Air (including Ubuntu currently), I've somehow managed to accrue a total of 13 partitions on my SSD. How can I clean up this mess, ...
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Unabe to format SDCard with Disks (udisks-error-quark, 0)

I have an 8GB sdcard which was used to extend the storage on my android phone. It now is not detectable on android or windows. Ubuntu shows it but unable to format or delete partitions, I have tried ...
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Ubuntu doesn't seem to recognize my USB Drive as a boot option

I installed Ubuntu a month ago, but it isn't for me. I'm wanting to install Manjaro, but the problem is my system won't recognize it, despite me using BalenaEtcher to put the Manjaro ISO on it. Anyone ...
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External HDD became not visible in the file manager, after formatting

I'm running LUbuntu 18.04.5. The filemanager is PCManFM. Via the GUI of the Gnome 'Disks' accessory, I formatted a (till then) good, working external HDD, a 2TB WD 'My Passport', with the intention of ...
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How to format write protected sd card in ubuntu

I have a sd card with 16GB I try to format it using windows 10 it says this device is write protected when I try with Ubuntu like that mkdosfs -F 32 -v /dev/sdh1 it says following lines. mkfs.fat 4.1 (...
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