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Problems formatting USB stick to be bootable (with PeToUSB and Linux)

I'm trying to make a USB stick installation disk for Windows XP. I've done this several times before (using this method), but now it's failing, and I don't know why. The only thing that's going wrong ...
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153 views

How long does low level format of external HDD take?

I'm kind of at a situation where I'm having to do a low level format for my 1 TB WD external hard disk drive. Earlier, I tried all possible ways of formatting it but it just would not get formatted. ...
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1answer
65 views

Is exFAT less efficient at utilising disk space than HFS+?

I'm using rsync to copy all files from one 3TB external disk formatted HFS+ to another 3TB external disk formatted exFAT. I've double checked both disks are exactly the same size and formatted the ...
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0answers
20 views

Bitlocker Formatting Cancel

I have 500 GB HDD separated into 100 GB partitions and i have a partition in which each and every file is important so i have secured it with bit-locker........one day i wasn't at home and my small ...
0
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0answers
81 views

Re-partition my system which has dual operating system (Win7 and Win 8) and install a fresh Win8 OS?

I have got a boot problem when i am trying to open Windows 8. When I switch on my laptop, it asks which OS to boot in (i.e. either Win7 or Win8). But now, when I switch on the laptop, the system is ...
0
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1answer
849 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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1answer
147 views

Reformat Debian Bootable USB Drive back to Regular Storage

I created a Debian Netinstall Bootable USB drive using a SanDisk Cruzer Edge. The USB stick booted fine but now I cannot reformat it back. Diskpart reads it as 0B used and 0B free, Disk Management ...
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308 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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1answer
9k views

How to format a USB stick (flash drive) with FAT32 for use on Linux and Windows?

I want to format a memory stick for moving data between Windows 7 and a non-networked Ubuntu server (Precise). I'm not sure that either of the two ways I've tried are correct, even though I can read ...
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1answer
1k views

I copied an ISO image over a USB drive, can I format it to use it as a storage device again?

I have a 4GB USB drive and I wrote an iso file to it. Now I want to delete the data on it. Is there any way to take the space back? I used Linux to burn the iso file following these instructions. At ...
0
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0answers
18 views

Small bootable flash drive for Mac

I'd like to boot from a flash drive containing some disk management utilities, like disk partitioning on a mac (MacBook Pro). All the instructions I've seen require an OSX installation disk with a >= ...
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0answers
19 views

how to format a 500gb external hard drive to fat32 using windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to partition and format my 3TB wdbacw0030hnk-01 western digital external hard drive. I want to partition the drive to at least 2 partitions, one being 500gb (512,000 MB) and the rest to 2TB ...
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1answer
2k views

iMac dual-booting Mavericks and Windows 8.1, trying to extend 8.1 partition

So once upon a time, I had 2 partitions: 800GB for OS X, and 200 for Windows 8. With the 8.1 update, I would like to start using Windows more, and I proceeded to free up 300GB of OS X space, which is ...
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2answers
1k views

Format USB drive to NTFS/FAT from UDF

I formatted a USB drive UDF to boot an ISO image and now I can't find a way to get it back to being in NTFS/FAT or another usable format. Do I need a 3rd party tool?
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186 views

Unused Disk after new Windows 7 Install

I have a really big problem.I currently had 2 hard drives, disk0 and disk1. I bought a Western Digital 1TB hard-disk a while ago and installed it on Windows 8 and it was placed as my disk 2. I put ...
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2answers
194 views

Formatting C: (windows 7) on an already partitioned hard drive

I'm thinking about formatting my hard drive which is running windows 7. I partitioned it a while ago so I could dual boot with windows 8, so basically right now my drive is separated for use with both ...
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2answers
56 views

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
105 views

hard disk not recognized

I have red-hat enterprise 6.2 and I have just bought a new hard disk for 1.7 TB. My OS doesn't seem to see that disk. I was expecting to see /dev/sdb or some new entry returned by lsblck but nothing ...
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0answers
25 views

Correctly partition microSDHC card [duplicate]

I temporarily used my microSDHC card for flashing a BeagleBone Black embedded device. This process involved overwriting the entire card with a binary image that contained two partitions. Now I would ...
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1answer
244 views

USB not registering on Linux

I have a usb with a hidden cdfs partition that I want to purge, but when I plug it into my linux box, it doesn't register. fdisk -l only shows my hard drives, and the usb doesn't auto-mount. I pulled ...
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2answers
221 views

Renaming a volume under Linux

It may be a very basic question, but I have USB devices that keep their old name after reformating it with mkfs and even after a repartitioning with fdisk. I wonder if there is a way to change the ...
2
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1answer
492 views

Can't format my SSD anymore

I am not sure if my SSD is broken. I tried to install Windows 7 on my SSD today and it somehow got stuck in the installation process. After aborting the installation, I tried it again but I ...
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2answers
309 views

convert FAT and NTFS without data loss

Which one of these filesystem format conversions will keep the data on disk, and which will require backup, reformat, and restore? FAT32 to NTFS FAT32 to FAT16 NTFS to FAT32 NTFS to FAT16 Note: I ...
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1answer
600 views

Windows 8 HDD unable to boot, later unable to read from Windows7 machine as well

On a Samsung Windows 8 machine after some time I was not able to boot. Checking the BIOS shows that HDD is frozen. Them machine takes lots of time to boot. Saying this I would like some suggestions ...
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2answers
2k views

Can I reformat an external hard drive to have the maximum amount space that was previously available?

I set up my external hard drive that had 1.5TB of space as a recovery drive, and afterwards it showed that I have 32GB of space. Is there any way I can get my space back?
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3answers
709 views

Installing Windows 8 on new SSD and transfer apps as easily as possible

I recently ordered a 128-GB SSD, on which I plan to reinstall Windows 8 as well as put applications, as well as a high quality 1 TB hard drive to replace my old, slow 250-GB hard drive. Once the ...
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1answer
590 views

EFI System Partition and unallocated space?

I just got a 3 TB external hard drive (I didn't look closely enough and ended up buying one for Mac but I run Windows 7) and it came with a bunch of software I don't particularly want. I want to ...
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3answers
41 views

Installing Windows 7 on a new partition

My laptop is two years old and it came with an original Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Unfortunately, it had one partition and I didn't change this at the beginning. Now, I want to format the ...
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2answers
11k views

Unable to format disk: 'The system cannot find the file specified'

I have a USB flash drive, which I may have mucked up, so I used DISKPART's CLEAN to clean it up. I created a simple volume, and tried to format it. (This is all using Windows' disk management.) I was ...
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1answer
651 views

Partition error being reported by only some programs

I am getting an error about the partitions on one of my drives. I checked my hard disk with Acronis Disk Director 11 Home, HDTunePro, MiniTool Partition Wizard, Hddscan, HDD Regenerator 2011, WD Data ...
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1answer
81 views

Install Windows XP onto data drive

I had Windows XP installed (on C:), an optical drive as D: and a small (160GB) second hard drive with data on it as E:. Drive C: recently crashed and I have disconnected it. I would like to install ...
2
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1answer
781 views

Do you need to format a flash drive before dd an image to it?

Does dd or Windows Image Writer work regardless whether the target device was formatted or partitioned correctly? I'm trying to flash a Chromium OS build to a USB flash drive following these ...
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5answers
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Why doesn't Windows 7 allow me to format?

Dell support can be fun to deal with right? Ultimately, I have been going back and forth with Dell on an issue and came to reinstalling Windows 7 32-Bit Pro. The problem is that Windows Setup will ...
6
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2answers
4k views

LBA and sector size

Does LBA always specify sectors as 512bytes even if the drive is formatted with 4k sectors? Because I read that you should format the partition boundaries so that the 4k clusters line up with 4k ...
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1answer
2k views

How to partition and format a new HDD when it is connected via USB 3.0 (Linux)?

I just received a new unformatted 2.5" hard disk (1 TB) and an external USB 3.0 enclosure to use with my laptop (Thinkpad). I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. How do I access and format this HDD ...
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1answer
324 views

Can I back-up to partition to restore my computer to factory settings?

I have a VAIO model VPC-F11JFX/B. I want to restore it to factory settings (instead of formatting it so I can keep the programs it comes with like VAIO Care). I have like 20 GB of data so I can't copy ...
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2answers
719 views

Would interrupting a partitioning process cause my Hard Drive to become bad? Can I fix it with a full format?

I was trying to partition my hard drive to install windows 7 without losing data, but I thought the process had locked up so I stopped it and restarted my computer. I tried again and it worked, but ...
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1answer
5k views

Create ext3 partition on external drive from Windows 7

Are there free CLI tools for Windows (7) which allow me to partition and format an ext3 file system on a external USB drive from Windows natively? I am not looking for a solution with a bootable live ...
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3answers
361 views

Weirdly-formatted drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make a USB flash drive appear/not appear as a CD drive? I have a 2GB flash drive that was a freebie giveaway at some HP event. The drive works fine, except ...
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2answers
76 views

Appending the partitions structure of a system

Let's say I received a computer with Windows XP installed, and it has 3 partitions. I want to upgrade the PC to a Windows 7 installation, and also change the partitions structure to only 1 big ...
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2answers
696 views

How to rescue Compact Flash card that has been corrupted by a bad formatting

I used my CompactFlash card as a boot drive to install Snow Leopard for my laptop a while ago. To do that I had to repartition it to HFS+ with a GUID partition table. When partitioning it back to ...
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4answers
522 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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2answers
398 views

Missing space on (relatively) new SSD

I recently cloned my old 100 GB hard drive (~90 gigs used) onto a new 256 GB solid state drive. In my negligence, I created a single partition on the new drive that was just about the whole capacity ...
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2answers
3k views

Reinstall operating system on computer with full disk encryption

I have a computer that has checkpoint full disk encryption installed on it. For reasons I won't go into I can not remove the encryption. However I want to install a new operating system. I don't ...
2
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3answers
227 views

Should I use the entire hard drive when I repartition it?

I bought a Fujitsu Celvin Drive D100 (external USB HDD) as new and now I want to partition and format it for Linux use. I noticed however that at the factory they have left some empty space before (1 ...
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1answer
251 views

Using same home partition with same username while reinstalling

I use Debian Lenny and would like to change over to Squeeze. My system consists of two partitions: lenny installation & home directory partition. I have all my personal files in the home ...
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2answers
712 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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3answers
8k views

My Western Digital 500GB Passport disk says “not formatted” when I plug it in Windows

When I plug my Western Digital 500 GB Passport disk in my Windows machine, it says "not formatted, do you want to format it" something. I started having this problem after I put it in an old desktop ...
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3answers
6k views

Resize Mac OS Plus partition without losing data

I have a 1000G external hard disk formatted with Mac OS plus. It is a Omega drive, which came by default with that format. Now I have 200G free space and would like to reformat this free space to ...
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1answer
2k views

Formatting a disk for Macintosh using Linux

I've been asked to move data from an old external hard drive to a new one, and to make the new one compatible with the Macintosh. (The old drive's USB connection has died, and I'm connecting to old ...