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Completely format and remove a hardrive

As seen in image disk1 is paritioned in 3 parts (C,E&F) I have nothing to do with it. All I need to do is format and remove all partitions from disk2 that is partitioned as D and other two ...
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1answer
322 views

mke2fs defaults aren't working with ext4 on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, I've added a new drive to the system, partitioned it with fdisk and am now trying to format it with mke2fs. The command is failing because it thinks the inodes_count and number of ...
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244 views

How to repair SD card that was unplugged during formatting?

I tried to format my SD card on my Windows computer but unfortunately I pulled it out during the process. Now it can't be recognized. I tried to wipe it using disk utility on Mac OS X but after it's ...
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5answers
9k views

How to format pendrive from fat32 to ext3 in windows7?

I am trying to make a live USB of OPHCRACK, and I tried to boot from a fat32 pendrive. But after making a live USB, it wouldn't boot. After searching awhile, I came to understand that ophcrack will ...
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1answer
318 views

Recommended Settings To Format USB Sticks

I have always formatted USB sticks (aka flash or jump drives) to the default settings that Windows suggests. Do these settings provide the best performance? Under what situations should they be ...
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0answers
42 views

Can grep read filenames from partially formatted filesystem?

Quick Explanation I accidentally partially (ripped the cord out when it started) formatted an ext4 partition via Ubuntu Disk Utility GUI as ext4. Presumably via mkfs or mke2fs or however it does it ...
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Should I format all disks after fdisk?

I created disks with fdisk: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * xxx xxx xxx 83 Linux /dev/sda2 xxx xxx ...
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1answer
142 views

What is the “Default” file system in Windows Format wizard?

On the Windows 7 Format wizard, there is always a file system that is noted as (Default). Why is there a default file system? What is it exactly?
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2answers
963 views

How can I format my portable hard drive as NTFS?

I have a Transcend flash drive formatted as FAT32. I tried to format it as NTFS, with allocation unit size as 64K. After a few minutes, I got a message saying: The format did not complete ...
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4answers
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Is it best to reformat the hard drive to exFAT using 512kb chunk, or smaller or bigger chunks?

I can reformat a brand new 2TB WD Passport drive to exFAT, with choice of many "Allocation Unit Size": 128kb 256kb 512kb 1024kb 4096kb 16384kb 32768kb which one is best if this drive is mainly used ...
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4answers
521 views

Why don't I need to format and partition a CD or DVD before writing files to it?

Every time that I need to use a Flash USB drive, SD card or a HDD I must format it and create a partition before using it, such as NTFS, FAT, FAT32, etc. So this makes me raise some doubts: Why ...
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224 views

Format main OS hard drive with non-standard allocation unit size before restoring Ghost image

I want to try formatting my main internal hard drive with NTFS using an allocation unit size of 64 KB instead of the default 4KB. Then I have a Windows 7 Ghost image that I will be restoring to the ...
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3answers
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Please explain wasted space on an exFAT formatted external hard drive [duplicate]

I recently bought a 750 GB 2.5" hard drive and put it in an external enclosure. It has Advanced Format Technology (AFT), but I use Windows 7, so I assumed I would be safe. I decided to try exFAT, ...
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5answers
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1 GB space left, even after formatting a 16 GB flash drive?

My 16 GB USB flash drive (SanDisk Cruzer SDCZ36-016G BL1008OFZB) got corrupted and I was going to format it, when I saw the setting for size only had one element in its dropdown menu: 1.00 GB. ...
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1answer
279 views

Identical hard drives with different sizes (formatting)

I have two hard drives, which are identical, same model though purchased at different times, but in all respects the same. Afaik the manufacturer hasn't changed capacity (Seagate expansion). However, ...
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2answers
705 views

is this an overlapping partition? and how do I fix it?

I am using Ubuntu and wanted to clone my HD with the dd command. I have used it before but this time I got an error message: Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 5 will be corrected by ...
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2answers
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Recommended format for an SDHC card used for ReadyBoost ONLY

I have a spare 4GB SD Card that I'd like to test for ReadyBoost so I'm not going to use it for anything else (format portability here is not an issue). As I've read, exFat is a very nice format ...
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2answers
670 views

Vfat file system on usb-drive for Windows and Linux compatibility

I've just formatted by usb drive to vfat, as I heard that is best to use in both Linux and Windows? What do you think?
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2answers
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How to change the filesystem label on the vfat filesystem located on device /dev/sdb1?

I just followed the instructions here to format my Kingston usb drive http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-format-usb-pen-drive/ Instead of ext2, I formatted the drive to vfat. I forgot to use the ...
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2answers
532 views

Half-formatted HDD, what should I do?

I have a 1TB external HDD, which was formatted with FAT32. I decided to format it with ext2. Then I noticed that it has bad sectors, and I was unable to do the format with Ubuntu's Disk Utility. So I ...
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Should I reformat XP with: Quick, regular, or “the current file-system”?

When reformatting, Windows XP ask me to choose from these formatting methods. (Implying that ALL of them are "formatting methods"... even #3) 1. Reformat using NTFS (quick) 2. Reformat using NTFS ...
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3answers
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How to create a filesystem mountable by windows in linux?

I have attached an external USB disk to my debian gnu/linux system. The disk showed up as device /dev/sdc, and I prepared it like this: created a single partition with fdisk /dev/sdc (and some more ...
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How to change usb file system?

How to change the traditional file system of a usb flashdrive(fat32) into ntfs or other file system?