General :: Format A USB Hard Drive To Vfat Format But Can't?
Sep 15, 2010
I need some assistance in trying to format a USB hard drive to vfat format but can't seem to do so. I am currently using RHEL 5.3. I have tried the following commands and they all come back as "command not found"
I have a Seagate external hard drive and I want to use it to back up my home server since it runs Ubuntu 6.10 and the upgrade to 10.10. My problem is that I am not able to format the drive to use it. I can not change the permissons or if I try to format I have all sorts of trouble. I have tried doing it on the home server running 6.10 and another pc running 10.10 and had no luck. Is there a better way? I have even tried chmod and chown with no luck.
My Red Hat EL 5.5 64 bit edition, I've install it on my primary hard drive 12 GB it works fine and then I added secondary 20 GB hard drive (sdb1) into this system and then format it as VolGroup01 see the attachment, but how come it doesn't show up ?
I have an 80gb hard drive that I used in an xbox for xbmc and it was formatted to whatever it needed to be formatted to for it. Now that I want to use it in my computer, I can't format it back to ext4 or NTFS. It's somewhat recognized, but the partition shows up as unknown. Is there a program that I can get to reformat it? idk if gparted will work cuz it won't startup on the live CD. I will give it a shot once I install ubuntu onto the computer.
I was looking in the disk utility today, and i was looking in the hard drive formatting section. in the drop down box, i noticed Apple. does that mean that i could format the rest of my hard drive to be OSX compliant?
I just bought a new 320gb laptop hard drive and mounted it into an external enclosure. The hard drive has never been formatted. I plugged it into my computer running Ubuntu 10.10 and nothing happens. I expected something toopup and say the drive has not been formatted and give me formatting choices. I looked in Places>Computer and it's not there. I even looked in Gparted and it does not show it. So how on earth do I format a new external hard drive?
I wanted to get started with Ubuntu so I partitioned an external hard drive with Ubuntu 11.04 onto it. After finding out my computer couldn't but up from a external hard drive I wanted to format my drive. When I plugged it into my computer, Windows would not recognize it. I then dual booted Ubuntu 11.04 onto my laptop and attached my drive. Ubuntu found it a recognized it as 3 separate disks. I then opened up disk utility and told it to format the drive. After clicking a couple "OKs" I got an error message: An error occured while performing an operation on "500 GB Hard Disk" (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex): The device is busy I clicked details and got:One or more partitions are busy on /dev/sdb. I was wondering what I could do since it isn't doing anything in the first place. I just want to format the whole thing.
I am trying to format 4 GB sd memory using mkfs.vfat. I want to use the card both in linux and windows so I am formatting with Vfat filesystem. When I format the card from command line with "mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/mmcblk1" I am getting a warning message like "unable to get drive geometry, using default 255/63" but the data in the card is erased.
But when I mount the card and checks for the size using df -h its showing 1 GB instead of 4 GB. how to format the SD memory card or any other alternate way to format the card.
I just added a 2nd SATA drive to my openSuse 11.2 desktop. What do I do now to partition and format? I want to partition some of the new drive for linux, and leave some of it unpartitioned for Windows (I dual boot). I want to leave my existing 1st drive as is. What tool do I use? How do I proceed?
I've currently got 9.10 and have (somehow) managed to mess the system up already!It's a new computer so I'm not fussed about data loss etc, but is there a way to completely reset the system which will also format the hard drive (as it was a download that has messed it up!) without losing the O/S?
An upgrade %100 pwnd my system: I performed an upgrade to Lucid from Karmic and I lost my keyboard input and sound etc etc etc. I then made a Karmic boot-run/install CD, & a USB startup stick. I then backed up my important information on flashdrives etc. At this point in time I have 2 partitions one with my old user account & info on it, and the other as a new (re)installed Karmic partition. My question is: What is the procedure for:
a) formatting the drive, b) not keeping the 2 partitions, and c) re-installing Ubuntu (karmic) back onto it?
I have GParted ( but I can't see how to use it to format ), and I have no clue how to format the Drive from either within the GUI or at the command-line. How do I format & re-install Ubuntu? What is the sequence or steps? I can probably do the re-install intuitively but I'm concerned there may be Ubuntu tricks I don't know about! Also- does this 2 partition thing cause any complications to formatting?? So honestly my question is simply how to format the drive from within the system.
and am running Ubuntu 9.04 version. My wife's USB flashdisk has picked up viruses from computers running Windows in her office. My quick solution is to format it (and external hard disks as well) in my machine.
I have a PC with really low specs ( it's a back up computer) that's running puppy linux but I don't really like it. It's hard to navigate/get things you could easily do on Windows Xp done, it's menus are crowded and well it can't even shut off properly which is a shame. I've had it on for only a week.
Anyways, I've downnloaded the Xubuntu . Iso and burnt it at 1x speed. I pop it in and it does take a long time to go through the install. ( I'm not sure if it's because of the disc read speed or because of the memory and what not) I chose the option to delete everything and install Xubuntu. It works and then I get a couple of error message and then the last one says something like " Can not format sda1" or something like that.
Below is results from attempt at formatting my hard drive. As you can see a driver is installed, but not working. Perhaps something is missing? Seems a bit odd that a "unable to read" comes back when disk data is reported. The drive just went through a low level format. BTW this is a fiber channel drive. Also on board are 5 scsi drives. Adaptec raid card. Not sure if that would have any relevance, but there you are.
can't find an answer for this here or elsewhere. I recently installed Ubuntu on my laptop with no problems...until now. I bought a Seagate portable drive for backup/extra storage purposes. When I plug in the drive and start up Disk Utility, it recognizes the Drive and whatnot, but when I click "Format Drive" I end up (after clicking through the warnings) with an error message stating:Error Formatting DriveAn error occurred while performing an operation on "640 GB Hard Disk" (Seagate Portable):The device is busyI clicked for details, which resulted in:One or more partitions are busy on /dev/sdb(Not that detailed, if you ask me.)I then entered the command line (a scary place for someone who came over from OSX) Code:sudo lshw -C diskgave me this info about the hard drive I'm trying to format:
I've got this hard drive that I know that is formatted to either ext3 or ext4, but I want to find out which format it is. I'm unfamiliar with many commands, I tried 'fdisk -l' but it didn't yield any useful information to me. Is there a command wherein I can easily find out the format of disks?
I am new to debian and recently I have been working with a debian server. I have been asked to find out how to create a script that you can run or can be run by another program to format and mount a new hard disk?
I want to copy my home video DVD's to my hard drive and I want the format to be in an mpeg format (I suppose I should want mp4). The DVD's are in some sort of VOB, IFO format....or whatever they're called.There are many chapters on each of the DVD's and I want each of the individual chapters copied to the hard drive so I can rename the files something like, "fishing.mpeg" or "skiing.mpeg" and not some huge 3 gb file.
K9copy does a fair job but won't complete it. That is- k9copy gets 86% encoding done (I think that's the word for it) but won't finish copying the remainder of the chapters.
I am trying to install ubuntu on a separate hard drive than the one I have windows 7 installed on. I have two 500 gb hard drives in my computer; one I only want to use for windows, and the other only for linux. The hard drive that I am not using yet (the linux one), for some reason, has a 100mb "system restore" partition on it, which i do not want on there...but when I try to format the drive in gparted, it says "cannot format drive, daemon inhibited". I also tried in fedora 14's disk utility, same error and message, and in windows partitioning utility, it tells me it cannot format this drive.
Upon installation of Ubuntu a while back, i was using a windows xp machine with two different harddrives. Instead of formatting the xp drive and installing Linux, i decided to install Linux on the secondary harddrive. This worked all fine and dandy until recent, when I have found my linux drive filling up near capacity. I would like to format the XP harddrive and mount it in linux to give some more disk space. The problem i have found, is that the XP drive is the drive with GRUB.
I am about to purchase a new external hard drive which will be driven through the USB port. It will probably be a 1.0 TB drive from Frys/CompUSA/MicroCenter or some discount source. It will probably come formatted to run on a Windows machine and I intend this drive to be run only from my Linux laptop. I'd like to format it to be able to make the most of it from my Linux machine. Although re-formatting may not be absolutely necessary, as it probably will work "OK" just out of the box as is, how can I format it to get the maximum usage out of this new drive?