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Cannot format USB Drive

I had this USB drive that I did not use for a long time and decided to format it. But apparently it cannot be formated, because everytime I even delete a folder inside it, the folder comes back after ...
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Formatting dual boot drives

I'm considering a new dual boot system with Win10 and a Linux distro, probably Ubuntu because I'm a Linux noob. I plan to have one SSD for Win10 (system and apps), one SSD for Ubuntu (system and apps)...
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What kind of text formatting is possible in reply of the question in ask ubuntu [migrated]

I'm a newbee for ask ubuntu. I can use the text formatting in the body of question in ask ubuntu. Then, what kind of text formmating is possible in reply of the question? I did not find such ...
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How to I access a 2.5 hard drive when it tells me I don't have permissions?

I took out a hard drive and replaced, and put the old drive (500 GB) into a 2.5 USB external case. I cannot seem to get in and do any formatting, petitioning, nothing. I use the disk utility, and it ...
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How to recovery a USB when I can't format it with GParted or Disk

I have made a Format using Disk in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. I copy some files in the directory a ISO file (without making a Booteable USB), eject the USB and then I plug in again and it didn't work ... I don'...
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Cannot write to /dev/sdc beacuse ti is opened in Read-Only

enter image description here enter image description here I'm using currently Ubuntu 20.04 I tried to format the my USB that is shows read-only each time I tired. I'm new to Ubuntu that's why ...
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What happens when the process of zeroing out an hard drive is interrupted?

I was zeroing out my hard drive using the dd command and there was an interruption. What does this mean for the hard drive? If I run the command again, will the zeroing take off from where the ...
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Mac OS Extended

I have a problem with USB that does not accept Mac OS Extended Format (Journal) I tried all the methods and it didn’t work But I really need some help I try more than a week formate did not work
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Ubuntu server 20.04 - time format 24 hours on shell with date command

I've installed Ubuntu server 20.04, and I can't find a way to display the time format to 24 hours when I use the command 'date' in the shell. I check the locale information with an Ubuntu server 18.04 ...
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Added a new 10TB HDD. Gparted formats only part of it

I have added a new 10TB HDD to my system. I used GParted to format it, and it only formats 1.2TB, leaving the rest unusable. I want to keep the drive unpartitioned. I also named the drive, and it ...
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Format hard drive with ntfs in order to switch back to Windows [closed]

I want to switch back to Windows, so I booted from a Windows installation DVD, but I can't format my hard drive with the setup. How to format my hard drive as ntfs so I can switch back to Windows?
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PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM. Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key_

I have a Dell inspiron n 5110. The laptop was working fine with ubuntu 14.04 desktop. I recently changed my hard drive to an ssd patriot 2.5'' SATA III 6Gps. I have downloaded an installation file ...
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How do I format just part of an external HDD?

I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition. I need to shrink that partition and add one which is formatted as ext4 for use with Dropbox. The format utility built into Ubuntu seems like it can ...
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How to consult FAT32 cluster size on Ubuntu

I have to format an SD Card to FAT32 using 64 KB cluster size specifically. This is possible using mkdosfs, using command -s 128. It seems to work as intended, it follows all online helps which are ...
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Using dd is overwriting a part from a device and not the whole device?

I have a problem In my USB stick, it's 32GB but it's showing me inside Gparted that it's only 2.84 GB, so what I did is that I used the following command; am@sam:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd ...
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Error creating file system mkntfs -f -F -l “Ubuntu Linux”

I was installing a full Ubuntu on a usb stick 32GB, but while I was doing that an error has occurred saying failed to create file system or something like that, so I unplugged the USB reboot to the ...
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My NTFS partitions are being showed as LDM Data Partitions

I've just installed Ubuntu and completely replaced my Windows 10 because I don't want to use it anymore. Installation went very well and everything is working fine but one issue is that I've installed ...
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Couldn't install Windows on laptop with gnu grub 2.02~beta2

My friend gave me asus t100ta to instal windows on it. I know that previously it worked on Win8.1, but someone installed gnu and android 13.0-rc1. Now i have problem, cause every time i want to ...
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Trouble Booting from USB in Windows

I am trying to format an old pc and install Ubuntu on it. I followed the regular instructions here to create a bootable USB (https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/tutorial-create-a-usb-stick-on-windows#1-...
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Format not working on right click in Files

When I right click and hit Format, absolutely nothing happens. This is on a new Ubuntu 19.10 install. I'm new to Linux but I think it should just work like in Windows? Edit: I tried a different USB ...
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How to solve SYNTAX ERROR

I was trying to install EGSnrc software and following the instruction from the web. But when I try to launch the installer ./EGSnrc-configure-linux this message showed up ./EGSnrc-configure-linux: ...
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SD file system possible in Ubuntu?

I plan on transferring Nintendo 3DS data to a larger SD card. For this Nintendo recommends formatting any SD card to the compliant SD file system created by the SD Association. Windows and Mac are of ...
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How to format ubuntu without deleting data?

Somehow I have got boot failure message while the ubuntu is loading. I want to format the OS keeping the data I have undisturbed. The datas are kept in root partition. Will formatting the boot ...
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Can't install Ubunu 18.04. ran into initramfs

I wanted to downgrade from Ubuntu 19 to 18.04. While inserting the bootable USB and trying to install again, I ran in two problems: 1.In the installation process it goes to partitioning HDD section ...
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Can't delete partition on USB Stick after using Startup Disk Creator

I created an Ubuntu install usb stick using the tool Startup Disk Creator. However I want to re-use this usb stick but I can't delete big partition this tool made, neither on ubuntu (using GParted) ...
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Hard disk partition failure.. Input/output error during write on /dev/sda.. format error

Hard disk partition failure.. Input/output error during write on /dev/sda.. format error GParted 0.32.0 --enable-libparted-dmraid --enable-online-resize Libparted 3.3 Create Primary Partition #1 (...
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UDisks cannot recognise the partition type of USB drive

I am trying to mount a USB drive to Ubuntu 19.10. UDisks shows the drive but describes it as: Partitioning Unknown() Partition Type Unknown Content Unknown If I try to format it using ...
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Ubuntu not using 61gb free space

I formatted an SDHC card using win32 disk imager all working, booting up etc but when I go to look at my free space I only have 20mb of free space. I open up disk manger and there two unallocated ...
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How to format computer hard drive to ntfs [duplicate]

So I have ubuntu right now and I'm trying to get windows by using a bootable usb but when I try to install windows it says that the hard drive has to be formated to NTFS so I have tried formatting it ...
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Ubuntu corrupts when formatting usb drive

I am running Ubuntu 18.4 LTS, and I am trying to format a usb drive to NTFS format. But when I run sudo mkfs.ntfs /dev/mmcblk0, it starts filling the drive with zeroes, and around ten percent, the ...
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Getting udisks-error-quark, 0 USB FORMAT

I am having issues with old USB thumb drives that were encrypted and had ubuntu on them I wish to just DELETE everything and resuse but I keep getting this issue (udisks-error-quark, 0) READ-ONLY! I ...
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How can I uninstall Ubuntu 19 and replace it with Windows 10? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 19 but I now want to uninstall it and run it as a VM in Windows 10. I have tried following suggestions here on Ask Ubuntu, e.g.entering through terminal root, going to GRUB on a ...
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Ext4 external HDD seems to be 10x faster than usual, can anyone explain this

i have bought a 1 TB Seagate Usb 3.0 External Harddrive (mechanical) a while ago. I formatted this drive on ext4 because i only was intend to use this drive on linux systems. Now yesterday for example,...
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Can not format read only usb disk

My USB drive spontaneously changed to read only mode. I can't do any thing with it, even though I did not boot from it. I tried to change from read only mode by this command: sudo hdparm -r0 /media/...
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How do I format my Ubuntu recovery media pendrive?

I got a new laptop with Ubuntu installed and during setup. I was asked if I wished to have a backup. I was asked to use a pen drive with a minimum of 2GB space. I used a 16GB pendrive. After the ...
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Evolution, change default date format

Issue In Evolution (email client), is possible to set default format date for whole application? Not Yesterday, Today, but for example YYYYMMDD, HHMMSS? Thanks. System Linux local 5.0.0-29-...
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Accidentally made an ext4 file system on my encrypted Windows 10 OS partition

I have two drives on my Windows 10 PC that are both encrypted using Bitlocker. I read somewhere that the only way to make sure the drives are actually encrypted is to boot a live OS and see if you can ...
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Unknown USB & Can't create a partition

First, I wanted to format a USB drive and I activate the erase option by mistake.I interrupted the process by click on cancel button. USB Drive I tried to format the drive using the option button and ...
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18.04 Issues when making duplicated drives

I have been successfully creating new SSD drives for use in the equiment manufactured by the company I work for using v 16.04 LTS, now that upgraded to v 18.04 the drives that are being created are ...
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reusing a used usb thumbdrive which formerly had a Xubuntu live system on it

I have an USB thumbdrive (16 GiB) which I recovered after I had a Xubuntu live system on it. First I wanted to change the partitions on it with gparted, but that did not work: The driver descriptor ...
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How to format a filesystem hdd(not partition) from ext4 to ntfs

I have ubuntu 18.04 in my laptop. As it was my 1st laptop I bought it without OS in order to install only ubuntu. But now I want to put windows 10 on it. And I have this specific problem. 1st of all I ...
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Error formatting external disk after accidently plugged out cable

I started to format (with gnome-disk) a 1TB external disk (HDD, StoreJet Transcend serial number 8680481623) and in the middle I accidently plugged out the cable. Now, every time I try to format it ...
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Unable to Format the SDHC disk from Diskpart and Ubuntu terminal cmds

unable to format the sd card or erase the data on SDHC cards I already tried to delete the data using Diskpart utility and i also tried to delete the data as well as remove the existing partition ...
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ICO or PNG Format?

Kind of a dumb question, but which file format are ubuntu icons (in apps and dash to dock) are they .png or .ico files? I want to create some icon/themes for ubuntu. But I'm not sure which format to ...
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NVME SSD stuck in read only

I have a Thinkpad E590 on which I installed Ubuntu 18.04.2 desktop, but later decided to switch to windows 10. I shut down Ubuntu but it was taking very long so I forced it to poweroff by holding the ...
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Internal HDD doesn't get recognized in “My Book” Enclosure on usb. How to format the drive?

I bought an external HDD: "My Book 8TB". I got the drive out of the enclosure and using that one internally now. I want to make use of the enclosure and put in it a WD Green 4TB. However, the drive ...
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I would like to print a string with a variable formula using awk in multiple rows

I have inherited a script which takes a file and extracts some data from it, creates a new file and based on this data writes a formula based on the data extracted. The data extracted varies in count ...
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Problem with a corrupted USB Drive [duplicate]

I have a critical problem here, i have a 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive wich i tried to format it, filling it with zero but the operation was too long and when the progress bar was in 1% I cancelled the ...
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An anonymous “free space” is showing in the disks window

I want to have only 2 partitions: the 238GB as shown in the picture, and the 262GB, But there is an anonymous "Free space 2.1MB" is coming from somewhere I don't know. I don't know how to merge it ...
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How can i formate my pendrive from ubuntu command? [duplicate]

My Pendrive is booted with ubuntu 18, I have installed the OS, now I am trying to formate my pendrive. how can i do it?

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