Ubuntu Installation :: GParted Anomaly: Fat32 Partition Shows 27 GB Used Just After Formatting

Mar 17, 2010

I formatted 56 GBs of my hard disk space into fat32 and it seems that 27 gbs of it is used! Though direct checking from the volume itself shows nothing like this, gparted still insists 27 gbs are used.

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.10 Installer Shows No Progress After Formatting Partition

Apr 24, 2011

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 on a brand new 500GB hard drive I just purchased and installed in my machine. I boot from the CD and instruct Ubuntu to install to this drive and tell it to "erase and use the entire disk" for this 500GB drive. After moving forward from that, I see it saying a message about creating an ext4 partition for root "/" and then shortly after the entire install dialogue goes away. All I am left with is the little circle cursors spinning round (mouse input still works) and the installation background. The HDD activity light was still on though. I gave it about 3 hours before I finally gave up and tried again.

When I tried again, I saw that it did create two partitions (root and swap) during the last attempt. The same thing happened, although now even mouse input isn't responding so my system is completely locked up. HDD activity remains active this time as well. Running Ubuntu from the CD works fine. The only problem I saw with it was when I ran gparted from the CD and tried to manually create a ext3 partition on my new disk drive. When I tried that, I ran into a similar occurrence (couldn't run any programs, eventually system locked up) and had to reboot.

I have a second hard disk but I have a lot of valuable data on that and don't want to mess around with it. It could be a hardware failure, but that seems unlikely to me as this is a brand new Seagate disk drive. I suppose I could try installing it on a spare partition on my other drive and see what happens, but other than that I'm out of ideas.

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Ubuntu :: Gparted Shows Partition Twice?

Aug 30, 2010

sda2 and sda5 are the same partition. i set up sda5 because i wanted it to be ext4 just like sda1. i thought if i went ahead and formatted the second partition to ext4 it would just show up, automount and always be there. in my case it hasnt worked that way. is anything wrong with this, if so, how do i fix it?

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Fedora :: Formatting SD Cards (to FAT32)

Mar 9, 2010

What's the easiest way of formatting SD cards to FAT32 in Fedora linux?

Also, I'm having trouble when I try to unmount the volume of a SD card, there's 0.8 GB being used that I expect to be cleared when I choose to 'empty trash', everytime I select 'unmount volume' the SD card window just shuts down instead of clearing that space.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Using FAT32 Partition As Swap?

Apr 5, 2010

I'm installing a new SSD this upcoming weekend. My thought was to go easy on it so it lasts longer by putting my swap files on a mechanical drive instead of the SSD. I don't - however - want to waste space for swap files. It would be nice if I could use the same 6GB FAT32 partition for swap files for both Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Is this possible? It might not even be necessary though, I have enough RAM that I rarely use the swap file at all (I've even considered going without swap all together), so it probably won't pose a huge load to the drive.

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Ubuntu :: Formatting An USB Device - Gparted - Doesn't Work At All

Dec 8, 2010

i guess the topic header is a give away. I want to format my USB-Stick, i looked in the internet and actually came up with two ways: gparted -> doesn't work at all, it doesn't even show the stick

sudo umount /media/Stick
sudo mkfs -t vfat /media/Stick
sudo eject /media/Stick
(even tho i am not a big fan of commands i don't get, i tried it and got this error line:
mkfs.vfat 3.0.7 (24 Dec 2009)
/media/EEB3-EFCB: No such file or directory)

so well, neither way did work. Is there an other solution i might try? €: Well it actually worked as far that none of my Ubuntu OS can recognize the stick anymore so i need a way to mount the usb stick as well!

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Ubuntu :: No Access To Drive After Formatting To Ext4 With Gparted?

Jul 10, 2011

i had an ntfs partition..i formatted it to ext4 with gparted..w i cant write any files to it..i think because gparted executed with root previliges so it has now made root the owner of the drive.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Creating Fat32 Partition During Install?

Jun 28, 2010

I purchased a new HD and my goal is to have a Windows partition, an Ubuntu partition, (a swap partition of course), and large fat32 partition for storing data to be used on both the Windows and the Ubuntu side.

I am installing from USB and do not yet have a copy of Windows to install. I keep getting an error saying that the attempt to mount vfat failed.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Create The FAT32 Partition For Booting?

Apr 28, 2011

Am trying to format my SD card and creat a FAT32 partition for booting

after following procedure i was stuck with the below command

Command (m for help): [t]
Selected partition 1
Hex code (type L to list codes): [c]
Changed system type of partition 1 to c (W95 FAT32 (LBA))

i don't have the [c] option or any "W95 FAT32 (LBA)"

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Ubuntu :: 4096 Sector HDD - Formatting With Gparted Extremely Slow

Jul 15, 2010

I'm a Ubuntu 9.10 user and have baught a WD 1.5TB HDD. When just formating it with gparted it's extreemly slow! I have read that with gparted 0.51 there are ways to get this harddrive to work correct but there are no 0.51 packages available for 9.10.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installer Cannot Create A Shared Fat32 Partition With Win 7

Oct 12, 2010

I have win 7 installed on a primary partition along with two other primary partitions containing a recovery partition and system files partitions. (don't know exactly what the latter is for.) I made a defrag and resized the win partition to make some free space for a primary ubuntu partition.I then inserted the 10.10 live disc and created a fat32 shared partition, a root (/), a /home Nd a swap in the advanced gparted menu, BUT every time I try to initiate the installation I get an error message saying that installer couldn't create the fat32.

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General :: Partition Gparted Fdisk / When Reduced The Size Of Some Linux Partitions Using Gparted?

Sep 18, 2009

I have 3 Ubuntu installations & a PCLINUXOS, plus Windows XP installed on one hard disk. I still can boot to each one of them and can mount each one using Ubuntu.

The problem "may" have occurred when I reduced the size of some linux partitions using gparted. I still have plenty of space in each of those partitions.

When I started gparted all of the HD was unallocated. I did that from each ubuntu installation and the PCLINUX installation, plus LIVECDs. All indicated the space was unallocated.

When I did an fdisk -l from a Puppy Linux LiveCD I got a normal start and ends of each partition.

When I tried it from Ubuntu installation or live cd, I received the following types of responses:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda5

Disk /dev/sda5: 28.5 GB, 28566397440 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3473 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -u /dev/sda5

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 3473.There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,and could in certain setups cause problems with:

1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK) Plus the Windows partition seems to go over its limits.

Since all of my OS installations are still working, I don't know how critical this is. From reading another post, I understand this might be able to be fixed by making some changes in fstab.

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Debian Installation :: How To Format Persistent Partition (EXT2 / FAT32)

Feb 18, 2011

I have created live persistent usb-hdd (fat32) image, put into USB stick, but now I should create persistent live-rw partition. How this persistent partition should be formatted? Should I format with ext2, or fat32?

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Jul 18, 2011

Sometimes it does this and other times it does not. It has happened with 2 hard drives. When it formats the partition the bar stops and the mouse pointer graphics stops.

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Mar 21, 2015

Tried to install Jessie RC1,but installer hangs on formatting the partition,at 33%.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Gparted Won't Allow For New Partition 1.5tb Drive?

Jan 3, 2010

I have a new 1.5tb internal drive I want to partition as NTFS (because Windoze machines need to see/use it) and in gparted, when I go to partition -> new, it says it could not add this operation to the list a partition cannot have a length of -1 sectors. I recall having this issue on my 2tb external drive and I ended up creating the NTFS parition on a Windoze machine and then bringing it to the Linux box but since this is an internal drive, that's not an option. I took all the defaults in the "Create new partition" screen.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Gparted Not Deleting Partition

Dec 29, 2010

I tried to install ubuntu on exernal drive and install grub there. But no joy. I had to do on primary master.

Now grub shows 2 linuxes on machine, which is a pain, since I cannot boot this other install on external from grub.

I am trying to delete and create that partion with gparted. But won't delete it, even after unmounting it.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Gparted Fails To Grow Partition

Jul 12, 2010

I have a machine running Ubuntu Server 9.10 installed on an 80GB RAID1 disk. The system has two arrays (one data, the other backup), each of the same size in RAID6 with ext4 fs, connected to separate 3ware 9690 controller cards. I had to increase the size of the arrays from 8TB to 12TB. No problems - added the drives, migrated the new disks into the array, rebooted the server, and everything is visible. I unmounted the drives and then attempted to grow the partition (it's a single partition), starting with the backup array, using gparted. It sees the unallocated space but when I try to grow the partition into the unallocated space it fails. Here's the gparted error details:


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Ubuntu Installation :: Moving Space From One Partition To Another Using GParted

Jul 27, 2010

I have on sda1 Windows 7 installed. On sda2 I have 3 sub partitions (extended partition) with Ubuntu 10.04 and a swap space and one partition for /usr/local. Now I tried to move space from sda2 to sda1 using gparted. It's not possible. I deallocated space from sda2 which works. But I cannot merge it with sda2. Is that, because sda2 is an extended partition? Is there a work around without killing all partitions and lose my complete data?

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Ubuntu Installation :: GParted - Moving Partition Out Of Extended One

Oct 31, 2010

I've installed Windows 7 + XP + Ubuntu 10.10 and Mac Os X on my PC. The problem is that XP wont boot. I've tried a lot of fixes for the last 2 days but still nothing. So I've come to conclusion that it might be probably due to its partition (dev/sda being inside of another Extended partition (dev/sda3) as you guys can see on the attachment. If so, how can I move it out of the extended partition.

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Installation :: GParted (Ubuntu) Won't Create A NTFS Partition?

Mar 30, 2010

So, my GParted (Ubuntu) won't create an NTFS partition (the option is greyed out). I'm trying to create an NTFS partition to allow for a Windows 7/Ubuntu dual-boot. Everywhere I check, they suggest either creating the NTFS partition in GParted BEFORE installing Windows OR leaving it "unallocated" with the Linux partition after it.

I have tried both now, with two results:

1) GParted can't create an NTFS partition within Ubuntu 9.10.

2) On the other hand, the Windows 7 Installer says that Windows can not create a partition or find a partition when I attempt to select the "unallocated" portion.

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Fedora Installation :: GParted Can't Resize The Partition?

Dec 27, 2009

I threw F12 KDE on my spare rig and wanted to throw Ubuntu on it as dual boot so I can play around with different things in each flavor. I installed F12 across the entire drive and later decided I wanted to try Ubuntu with it dual boot. I booted to Ubuntu's LiveCD and fired up GParted - but GParted can't resize the partition. It just gives me a 200mb EXT4 partition and "lvm2".

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Ubuntu Installation :: Broke Windows Vista Partition With GParted

May 22, 2010

So far I've been dual-booting Vista and Intrepid, and I decided I'd shrink down the Linux partition a bit, expand the Windows partition and reinstall Ubuntu fresh from a Live CD. I booted up from a Live CD, mounted the old Linux filesystem to check that I hadn't missed any documents to back up before I wiped the partition, and then cued up the relevant operations in GParted.

The key mistake I made was not to unmount the old Linux partition first, which led GParted to bug out and, apparently, stop my Windows partition from working. GParted no longer recognises the partition as NTFS - it tells me it's an unknown filesystem, and refuses to move or resize it.

sudo fdisk -l recognises the partition as HPFS/NTFS. Running chkdsk from a Vista recovery disk has been, so far, unsuccessful. What else can I do to either make the partition bootable again, or at least access it from Linux so I can pull my files off?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Resize Partition In GParted (Yellow Warning)

Jun 22, 2010

I have a USB Multiboot created with pendrivelinux.com. I have tried to install Ubuntu 10.04 on a small laptop, but I get the problem that the installer wants to either:

1) Partition my USB key and install it there
2) Install it on my drive and destroy the Windows Partition
4) Install it on my key and destroy everything on it.
3) Manually setup the partitions

When manually setting up partitions, I cannot resize the windows partition. GParted can't resize that partition (there is a triangular ! yellow warning sign, similar to this thread's icon, but yellow). GParted on the USB (GParted Environment) has the same problem as GParted in Ubuntu. It seems to be locked, even though I am in root and I have every hard drive partition unmounted.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Create Extended Ext3 Partition Using GParted?

Aug 3, 2010

how to create extended ext3 partition using GParted? Every time I select "New" for unallocated space I can only create primary partition. Other options (extended and logical) are always greyed out.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unable To Resize Partition With Gparted On Live CD?

Feb 17, 2011

I recently got new hard drives for more space and copied all my old drives onto this one (everything mirrored, no problems)The thing is, when I first setup my Ubuntu, I only allotted like 20GB because of space.Now that I have new hard drives, I wanted to give it more space, roughly double it to 50gb.The problem is, I am unable to resize it.I have booted into the Ubuntu Live CD, and started Gparted. I see all my stuff there, including the unallocated space next to my ubuntu partition (I left it so i could fill it when I expanded the partition)

The problem is, I am unable to make it larger. I right click, click on resize/move, but when I do, it just shows that I'm at my maximum size for that partition, I can only shrink it.so my question is, how in the world can I extend that partition into the unallocated space?I've tried formatting the unallocated space to ext3 to try and merge it, no success.I tried moving my ubuntu partition all the way to the right (end of the disk) so maybe I could extend it to the left, nothing

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Jun 30, 2011

I recently downloaded/installed Gparted as I want to resize my ubuntu to more HDD space in partition and reduce NTFS partition size. Is there any faster way to do gparted in ubuntu? I remembered in previous versions of ubuntu that gparted had MBR but I can't find info to do this.

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Fedora Installation :: Partition Hard Disk Using GParted

Dec 6, 2010

HP Netbook Mini 210
F14 xfce
I installed F14 xfce and using the entire disk.

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 97G 4.0G 92G 5% /
tmpfs 494M 212K 494M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 485M 49M 211M 11% /boot
/dev/sda4 193G 8.5G 175G 5% /home

After I have installed all my programs, I need to install windows and I need visual studio. So I was thinking of taking 20 GB from the /home directory and using that for windows. I can use gparted. However, many posters on here think it is best to use gparted by booting from the disk. However, I cannot do this, as I don't have any DVD drivers. And I can't really afford to buy one just for this reason. What is the best way to do this?

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General :: Create A Partition Using Gparted For Centos Installation?

May 24, 2011

I am trying to create a partition using gparted for my centos installation but I accidentally deleted my partition table. my partition was created on windows7 and dual boot with ubuntu. I am trying to recover it using test disk with ubuntu live cd but after I recover it still I neither can't boot on windows or Ubuntu here is the result of patition quick seart


Disk /dev/sda - 320 GB / 298 GiB - CHS 38914 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>D HPFS - NTFS 0 32 33 12 223 19 204800 [System Reserved]


I tried to set up my partition characteristic like this


Disk /dev/sda - 320 GB / 298 GiB - CHS 38914 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
1 * HPFS - NTFS 0 32 33 12 223 19 204800 [System Reserved


and still can't reboot on my win7 or ubuntu

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General :: Windows 7 - Create A Symbolic Link From An Ext Partition To A FAT32 Partition

May 15, 2011

On my Linux system, I want to create a symbolic link to a folder on my Windows 7 partition formatted FAT32. I use:

sudo ln -s /media/OS/Users/dennis/AppData/Roaming/.minecraft ~/.minecraft

However, I end up with a file in my home directory called .minecraft and when I try to access it, I receive:

bash: CD: .minecraft: Too many levels of symbolic links

is there a way to make the symbolic link to the FAT32 folder?

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