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Questions tagged [disk-formatting]

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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Read-only NTFS flash drive refuses to format [closed]

I have this SanDisk Cruzer Edge where it's a write-protected NTFS partition that I got from my dad as I needed a flash drive. I tried using GParted, didn't work, I saw something online that used the ...
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Pendrive is write protected: folders show write protected and cannot delete or format 16gb pendrive

My pen drive says it is write-protected while deleting a file or formatting the drive. Even it doesn't allow repairing the device on Windows. It does not allow to partition or format the drive using ...
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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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"Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object" when trying to format metallic pendrive

I am not able to format a particular pendrive. It is showing the error below. How can I fix this?
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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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quick format a HDD in ubuntu terminal or GUI [duplicate]

I'm beginner in Linux and I'd like to know how to quick format a 2Tb HDD in Ubuntu 18.04 Terminal.
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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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Partition sda3 Format sda

I have 1 TB hard drive I want to partition it to 2 independent drives. Tried to use Gparted. Operation is failing because sda3 can’t be unmounted, I think because it has ubuntu system file. Please ...
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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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64 gb datatraveler usb stick, shows 62 gb on 2 partitions different partitions

I'm not as knowledgeable as I'd like to be, and on top of that i now switched to ubunutu to get some wanky formatting results. Anyway, i have a 64 gb usb stick, that i did a fat32 format on first, to ...
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How to fix a unknown partition without format?

I am not able to resize or mount this unknown partition: Please help me to fix it.
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Formatting pen drive

I am unable to format my pen drive. The error being displayed is: Error formatting volume Error creating file system: Command-line `mkntfs -f -F -L 'Uni''/dev/sdd" exited with non-zero exit ...
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Why is my SD Card not formatting?

I literally tried about a million time that to format my card. When I got to Menu > USB Stick Format, it says that the format is confirmed, but when the local file browser is opened all files ...
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Formated drives instantly 87.8% full

probably again a very noob question but again I cannot for the life of me find any information out there on this. I have 2 HDD linked to my raid card via sas cable and they were out of the box new. I ...
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how to view the content of /dev/sda file?

I formatted a 160GB drive using: dd if=/dev/zeros of=/dev/sda bs=512 I expect the entire drive is filled with zeros, but how do I check it? I thought I could just cat /dev/sda and see all zeros, ...
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Unable to format sd card with loaded ubuntu

I'm trying to format a 4Gb sandisk sd card in which i have previously installed ubuntu installer. Now i'm not able to format it. I tried sd card formater, gparted (says unable to complete format due ...
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Usb formatting Error in Ubuntu

i cant fix this please help me.i use. me use ubuntu and when formatting error and read only.please help me.
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USB Formatting Problem

So i have an 8gb usb flash drive and when i try to create a partition in it on Disks but it says: "Error creating partition on /dev/SDB: Failed to meet partition size on device '/dev/SDB'(u disks-...
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Ubuntu can't detect external 4TB Seagate hard drive after accidently formatting and stopping immediately [duplicate]

I used sudo mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb to format a flash drive (I didn't notice /sd*) but accidentally my Seagate external hard disk (/dev/sdb) started being formatted and immediately after few seconds I ...
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How to format that computer?

I had Windows 10 with dual-boot Ubuntu. I wanted to remove everything and reinstall just Ubuntu. I removed the Ubuntu partition in Windows and when I restarted, it didn't open and started with GRUB. I ...
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Can't format sd card

Yesterday I found an old micro SD card laying in my drawer and decided to check what's in it using an adapter. The card contained some non-important files and I deleted them. I took it out and put it ...
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what file systems are compatible with Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS

I am looking at buying a large (2TB or larger) external drive for backups and want to know which file formats are supported on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS. Alternatively if you know of a drive that is ...
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Format Windows partition (to delete all) and expand my Ubuntu partition

I have a Windows and Ubuntu dual boot. My Windows is not working anymore. I already have a back up of the files I had on Windows. Now I want to format 80% of the Windows partition to expand my Ubuntu ...
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Can't format a 2TB external hard drive

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04. My kernel version is 4.4.0-201-generic. I've got an external 2TB USB hard drive. The vendor name is very new: Generial. I can't get it to format as usual. Every time I try, the ...
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Unformat NTFS formatted LVM partition

I accidentally formatted my LVM partition as NTFS. Now my data is lost. How do I unformat?
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lsusb detects sd card but neither fdisk nor parted on ubuntu 18.04

I would like to open my micro SD card but it's not mounted. The SD card reader is well detected with lsusb: Output of lsusb: But judging by the output of dmesg, there's a problem with the card: ...
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Input/output error during write on /dev/nvme0n1, /dev/nvme0n1: unrecognised disk label

If someone can help me with this it would be much appreciated, cause I feel like I'm running out of options Context: Roughly a month or so ago I built a new PC from scratch Properties Processor ...
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Cannot format/restore a bootable USB

I created a bootable USB with Xubuntu iso (actually made it on a Mac with BalenEtcher), but I never replaced my Ubuntu so now I want to free the USB from being bootable. I followed the standard steps, ...
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How can I get rid of old Debian entries in my bootloader?

I had tried in vain to install Debian (which didn't work) and after that I have installed Ubuntu with LVM. Now I still have the boot entry for both OS (F7 key on startup). Both OSes were installed by ...
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Disks app complains about "partition table of type atari" - can't partition 2nd hard drive

I'm trying to partition my 2nd 1 TB hard drive but I get this error in GNOME Disks app: Error creating partition Don't know how to create partitions This partition table of type `atari' (udisks-error-...
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What is the best way to format a USB stick such that it can be used with both Linux and Windows?

What is the best way to format a USB stick such that it can be used with both Linux and Windows 10? Also what is the best practice for formatting a USB stick? Is it best to format the USB stick only ...
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Formatting a dual boot system

I have a dual boot system: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 16.10. Now I would like to erase everything, and install a fresh copy of Windows, and then add Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. What do I need to do to make sure ...
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I can't see external storage device formatting progress

30 minutes ago I plugged in an external storage device and asked Ubuntu to format it. After I made this query, Ubuntu closed the window I was in and doesn't show anything related to the formatting ...
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How to display progress when formatting a partition?

I am creating an ext4 partition in my external USB stick from CLI. While I am able to do this successfully with mkfs, I haven't found a way to display a progress bar (or percentage) while formatting. ...
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Can't format Ubuntu installation stick

I've made an USB installer stick from Windows with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS , now I'm trying to format it from Ubuntu. When I try to format I get this error : This partition cannot be modified because it ...
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GUI tool for formating to exFAT

I just formated a partition to exFAT using the terminal command sudo mkfs.exfat -n. Is it possible to do the same thing using a GUI? Before people comment that the Terminal command works just fine (...
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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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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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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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