Ubuntu :: Reformatting An Apple Partitioned External Hd?

Jul 19, 2010

I used to be a Mac user until my Ibook died. I now have a Toshiba Netbook running Ubuntu 10.04, but want to make use of my Maxtor external 250 GB drive, although it's formatted for Mac.Could someone advise as to a way around getting my old data off, before re-formatting for Linux use? Is it possible to partition part of the drive for Ubuntu - move everything into that and then delete the old apple partition?

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Ubuntu :: Reformatting An External Harddrive?

May 6, 2010

I have a Seagate Expansion external drive.

It won't load as it is NTFS. Am I okay to reformat it using GParted? I'm unable to get the drive up in a window, but GParted can see it.

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Software :: Data Recovery For External HDD (Partitioned)

Nov 19, 2010

When installing Mint 10, I re-did some partitions, but forgot to turn off my old 30Gb external HDD, and deleted it's partitions. Which is the best software to recover it? It was partitioned with Windows software I think. Or should I use XP and freeware? Or else it will cost me $70-$80.

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General :: How Should A Secondary - External Hard Drive Be Partitioned

Mar 1, 2010

Having just moved to Linux from Windows, I have never considered whether or not to partition my 250 GB external hard drive. As of right now it will only be used for data storage. Should it be partitioned? If so, what size partitions?

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Red Hat / Fedora :: Reformatting External Drive - Error "drive Doesn't Show Up At All Via Df -k"

Apr 15, 2011

I need to re-format an external drive. All the instructions I have found start with figuring out where the drive is mounted (sda, hda, etc.). However, as soon as my RH Linux machine sees the drive's format (ntfs) it decides it won't even mount it in the first place. Gives me an error message. Also, the drive doesn't show up at all via "df -k". how to convince RHL to be a little more accepting?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: External HDD And Multiple OS's?

Dec 28, 2010

I recently got an external 2TB hard drive. I want to use it with my Mac Mini, which is triple booting Linux, Mac 10.6, and Windows 7. The problem is, I don't know which file system it should be using. NTFS is read/write in Windows and read-only in Mac, and HFS+ is read only in Windows and read/write in Mac. I'm pretty sure FAT is not a good choice for a disk this big. Is there any way to get this to work?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Installing 10.04 PPC On External Harddive?

Jul 13, 2010

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 PPC on to an Western Digital External USB 1TB drive to run on a:

eMac G4

I would like to only use like 40GB of the 1TB External. I get to the part where I can Manual edit partition tables and am lost on how to do this.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Cant Seem To Get Any Audio Through My External Speakers

Apr 30, 2011

I have a macpro 5,1 the tower NOT the laptop people are always making that mistake and for the life of me i cant seem to get any audio through my external speakers.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Installing Onto IBook G3 Through External Harddrive?

Jul 26, 2011

I have a iBook G3 that dosnt want to boot up at all. It makes the ding then a grey screen pops up. How do I install Ubuntu onto my iBook G3 with a external USB harddrive? is there a way?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Backing Up Compressed File To An External Hardrive?

Apr 21, 2010

I am attempting to be careful in case my system crashes, and although highly unlikely my first question is if there is a way to first compress my Linux Partitions. After running the diskutil command in OSX's Terminal, I basically end up with this poartition scheme:

Macintosh HD = 130GB
disk0s3 = 1MB
disk0s4 = 30GB
Linux Swap = 1.3 GB

I am sure there is a way in the Terminal to first compress disk0s3, disk0s4, and Linux Swap, and then output the compressed partitions into my external Harddrive. I have already read some of the suggestions that only /HOME, /etc/fstab/, list of installed packages, /opt, and /var/cache/apt/archives/-where all installed packages are stored, is what I should backup. But, please correct me if I'm wrong. Wouldn't it take quite a while to install all those packages again in case of a system failure. Or would it just be easier to untar all of them in their directories once Linux has been reinstalled. The closest command I have found so far in being able to achieve this is:


sudo tar cvf - files | (cd target_directory ; tar xpf -) The above code is very suitable for what I am looking for because it enables you to copy files into another location by using the tar command where you would create In my case the new location would be my external harddrive. My external harddrive already has its own Linux partition which I am able to mount in Linux and that Linux sees as free space.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Reformat My Seagate External Hard Drive?

Feb 8, 2011

I was trying to reformat my Seagate external hard drive and I selected "free Space," in disk utility not realizing that the computer would no longer recognize the device. I'm trying to install Snow Leopard on it so now how do I format it now to the GUID format? I luckily backed up the entire contents of the hard drive (The essential files on it), but what do I do now that the computer doesen't recognize it!?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: External Hard Drive And Booting It From Refit Work?

Aug 12, 2010

would putting ubuntu on an external hard drive and booting it from refit work? and would i was starting up my imac 11,2 my ipod was bootable for some reason?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Screen On Display Entirely Black - External Monitor Never Becomes Active

Apr 3, 2011

Just did a fresh install of Natty B1 (previously had alpha 2).. I noticed this issue w/ A2, as well.. plugging in the exterminal monitor (via mini-displayport-to-vga connector) will do the following:

1) turn the screen on the laptop's display entirely black (but not turn it off).. i can move and see the mouse cursor.. but everything on the window appears to not rending or "painted" black..

2) external monitor never becomes active..

the only way to recover is to kill/restart X or reboot after disconnecting the extmon.. having extmon plugged in from boot produces the same results (and it doesn't seem to ever become active during boot up). sometimes this won't happen right away if i plug in the external monitor.. but opening the Monitors system prefs dialog will definitely cause (or detect displays) ,etc I waited to see if the issue would fix itself w/ the beta update, but it hasn't.. Any other 8,1 owners out there that can verify this issue? My (totally uninformed) guess is that it's due to differences in the display/gfx hardware and thunderbolt integration(?)

(I've seen a verification verifications of working-out-of-the-box.. but they were from 8,2 and 8,3 owners (which have discrete graphics cards))... If anyone's gotten this to work with some config stuff, I'd love to see that as well (since the wiki page for 8,1 says it works ootb). If someone could let me know where I should look to capture error output when the above issue occurs, that would be awesome.

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Access Files From External Ext4 Hard Drive Partition?

May 2, 2010

Recently my laptop broke down and wont start up. I'm currently trying to recover my files to my mac with an IDE to USB cable. It recognized my windows partition fine and I was able to get all my files off of that, but the majority of my stuff is on the ext4 partition that I have on it. Does anyone know how to access the ubuntu partition of this hard drive from my mac?

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Ubuntu / Apple :: Lapton Screen Will Not Recover Until Restart After Connect To External Monitor

Sep 22, 2010

I have a mac book pro 5,3 with the nvidia gforce 9600m. After getting Ubuntu installed as a dual boot, I wish to use an external monitor while using Ubuntu. (it doesn't have the problem with OS-X) The external monitor is a samsung syncmaster 192 n. when I connect the other monitor and press 'detect display' both go grey creens(the external already is of course). My lapton screen will not recover until restart either. I need this monitor to run a numerical mesh 3d mesh creator that will not fit on my screen alone. Wouldnt be a problem if the creators were software engineers but the program window cannot rescale, and is beyond the resolution capabilities of my 15'' screen alone.

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Hardware :: Create Boot CD For Booting External Disks On An Apple IMac?

Apr 2, 2010

Is it possible to create a boot CD to boot external volumes on an Apple iMac 7.1 (which has an older firmware version and cannot boot external disks, unlike the MacBook Pro 5.1 which can do it, at least with grub-legacy which is all I'll ever use until EFI boot becomes available). There is some promising stuff on www.pendrivelinux.com, and I'll try it, but the instructions are for Windows, and I am not sure how to translate the menu.lst entry to linux (I suppose it would have to be entered in the "automagic" section). Of course I don't want to create a bootable flash drive but to use my external volumes that already boot on the MacBook Pro without altering them, except for installing the ATI video driver (but I have no problem booting in low graphics mode).

Until karmic there was a trick to make the iMac mistake the external volume for an internal one (the root partition had to have the same UUID as the internal root partition), but this does not seem to work for lucid. Anyway this UUID trick is dirty and causes problems when you want to edit the internal partition (which is the point of the external boot - you get a customized maintenance environment that boots much faster than the CD).

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Ubuntu / Apple :: External Screen On Macbook Pro - Automatically Detect When Connect A Monitor Instead Of Going To The Nvidia Settings?

Oct 16, 2010

I've installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my Macbook Pro 5,5. Everything is running fine with some tweaks. Just one thing bothers me: when I tell Nvidia X Server Settings that I want to use my external screen as primary screen it doesn't put the gnome panels to the other screen, well... sometimes it does after a couple times but most of the time it doesn't.is there a way to automatically detect when I connect a monitor instead of going to the Nvidia settings? Just the way Mac OS X does?

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Ubuntu :: Change From Xubuntu To It Without Reformatting?

Jul 30, 2010

Xubuntu is great don't get me wrong, but there's a few things I don't like about it. So my main question is, I've installed ubuntu-desktop package, how can I remove Xubuntu and just keep it as Ubuntu without having to reformat? I'd even like to change the boot screen to show Ubuntu instead of Xubuntu.

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Ubuntu :: Data Recovery After Accidental Reformatting

Jan 16, 2010

I just erased +200GB worth of photos, documents, music and videos on my external hard drive.I wanted to try the new Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Alpha 2, so I downloaded the .iso, launched the live USB disk creator and tried to format my 1GB pendrive to make room for the OS. Somehow, I ended formatting my 320GB external USB hard drive. The hard drive had to partitions (one EXT3 and one NTFS), but now it only has a FAT partition that spans the whole drive.I understand that the new FAT partition may have erased the EXT3 data structures at the beggining of the partition, making file recovery next to impossible.A confirmation dialog on the live USB disk creator wouldn't have hurted either.

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Ubuntu :: Booting To XP And Reformatting The Disk, And Install It Using The HP?

May 11, 2010

I have a working dell deminsions, no problems 2gb of ram, all that good stuff running xp.I have an older HP Pavilion with about 1Gb of ram, running windows 98. There were some issues with the partitions and registries and i want to install Linux over it to fix all issues and make it a working computer again.I burnt the ISO as an image on a cd using, Nero. no problems with the cd. I could not get the Hp to recognize the cd, and it wont boot. So i took the HDD out of the HP and put it into my dell. I can get to the Install part of the setup and that's where it goes to just a black screen with a flashing cursor.I am considering, booting to XP and reformatting the disk, and trying to install it using the HP again.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Delete Files From Flash Drive Without Reformatting

Nov 7, 2010

When I try to delete files form my flash drive, the file picture goes away, but the actual data does not. Lets say I put a 900mb file on my 4gb flash drive, then I delete it. It will still ll me that only 3100MB are left in free space. If I try to add more than that it tells me the drive is full. I keep reformatting and reformatting into all different types on file systems but nothing works.

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Ubuntu :: Repairing / Reformatting USB Drive - Can't Save Files

Jun 3, 2011

I'm having difficulty repairing/reformatting a USB drive. I've yet to explore and get me on the right track. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. I have a generic USB drive, 4GB, currently formatted FAT. I can't save files to it, can't format it using Ubuntu's Disk Utility. Attempts to format using Disk Utility return the following error:

Error creating partition table: helper exited with exit code 1: Error calling fsync(2) on /dev/sdb: Input/output error Yesterday I got fed up and tried to just zero the thing out using a dd command... ran it in verbose, the right stuff returned to screen, still no dice. I can't get it to a point where I can format it either using Disk Utility or mkfs.

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General :: Windows 7 Startup CD And 1000% Reformatting Of HDD

Aug 8, 2010

I'd like to COMPLETELY erase all the contents of my HDD to give it a new lease in life (doing a clean re-install of my OS's) How do I create a start up disk from Windows 7 that will allow me to access DOS and use format.exe /all /q otherwise, is there a Linux counterpart? I want the HDD to be as if brand spanking new...

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Ubuntu Networking :: Severely Slow Wireless After Reformatting Hard Drive

Aug 2, 2010

My wireless connection has always slow on my ubuntu desktop. I have always thought this was a matter of hardware, but after reformatting my harddrive because of recent problems, the wireless has slowed to point of ridiculousness. I would guess I had a dial-up connection if I didn't know better. I've tried simple things like rebooting and removing add-ons, but nothing seems to work.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reformatting - Delete Convert NTFS Formatted Drives To Ext3

Jul 9, 2011

I've lost my admin password on my current Windows OS and would like to install Linux Ubuntu or a similar user-friendly distro of Linux alongside, see how that goes and possibly reformat my PC with Linux as I was told it would convert NTFS formatted drives to ext3, not delete them.

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Fedora :: Reformatting HD / Removing LUKS - FreeBSD Doesn't Detect Hard-drive

Apr 29, 2011

I am trying to install freeBSD on F14 (with LUKS encryprion). freeBSD doesn't detect hard-drive, probably coz of LUKS? Now what can I do within F14 to format harddrive and remove LUKS to get in a shape that I can install freeBSD or other OS.

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Ubuntu :: Install The Parition - HD Is Partitioned In 3?

Jun 29, 2010

im really new to ubuntu and ive tried to install ubuntu 10.04 to my pc previously wich resulted in a total fail and me paying $90 to a technician. So when he formated my HD i told him to make a 80GB partition so i could install Ubuntu the right way,and now i want to install it to this parition. My HD is partitioned in 3

Sda1-266GB (VIsta)
Sda2-80GB (going to be ubuntu but currently empty)
Sda3-9GB (Used to be Factory Image)

I want to go through the installation and install UBuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx in Sda2 so i can make a Dual boot and select between Vista and UBuntu on each startup,what exactly should i do in the installation process?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installing 10.04 On Partitioned HDD?

Oct 18, 2010

I have partitioned my HDD to give it a 30GB location for Ubuntu 10.04. I just need to know what steps to take to install it to the drive I partitioned for it.

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Ubuntu :: Ex Partitioned Drive - Cand Find It ?

Aug 14, 2010

Right so I reformated my windows partition to ext3. Now ubuntu tells me there is a problem with it when I start the system. It says it cand find it and asks me if I want to: s ignore this or m fix it manually. Well that or something quite similar. how I make it understan I don't have a windows partition any more?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Use Only The Free Un-partitioned Space?

Dec 7, 2010

When I install Ubuntu, after doing Windows, it always seems to hog some space away from Windows. How can I get Ubuntu to use only the unpartitioned space I left? I don't know how to use the advanced partitioning tool.

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