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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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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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 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 :: Partitioning HP Drive To Save Essential Files?

Mar 13, 2010

I have a customers' HP laptop that I've been doing work on. The HP came with Vista Home Premium pre-installed and the system was infected with the insidious Vista Antivirus 2010 virus.Well, after doing some registry cleaning I was able to get rid of that virus, but I suggested to the customers to check out Ubuntu, which they agreed to do.Here's my problem:

The HP has a recovery drive, which I formatted to make room for some of the pictures, documents and music they wanted to retain.I'm in the process of installing Ubuntu 9.10 and don't want to erase the recovery partition D:, which is labeled as /dev/sda2in the prepare disk space portion of the setup.I've moved to specify partition manually, but I'm uncertain as to how to configure this. When I installed Ubuntu on my own system, I just deleted Windows and used the entire disk space, so this is something new to me

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Ubuntu :: Repairing A Broken Filesystem Without A CD Drive?

Apr 27, 2011

Basically, my Ubuntu 10.10 desktop crashed and now when I try to boot into it I get all sorts of error messages and then I get dropped into a shell - it can't find the device etc. I tried running fsck from the command line but it can't find it. My DVD Drive isn't reading properly so I have no way of running the Recovery software on there.

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Ubuntu :: Boot From Flash Drive And Save Programs/settings/files

Aug 17, 2010

I know it is possible to boot Ubuntu Live from a Flash drive. But it just boots up and runs like its a CD. When you shut down the computer, the changes are all lost.

Is there any way to use the flash drive as a Hard Drive? like install Ubuntu on the flash drive and have the flash drive act as a hard drive - so that if I boot with the flash drive in the computer I can boot of of the flash drive and it would act as a hard drive?

Could I just setup Ubuntu and select the flash drive as the install directory? would that accomplish this?

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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 :: Firefox - Unable To Save Files By Right Clicking And Save As

Jan 13, 2010

I have Ubuntu 9.10 dual booting with Windows7.My ext3 /home is mounted as F: in windows.I share a firefox profile between them so that when i am in Windows my firefox uses the same profile as it does when in Ubuntu.It all worked great until recently. I am unable to save files by right clicking and save as. In the config i am unable to set a directory to save to. It neer asks me where to save to. Just nothing happens. some off my book marks are all messed up as well, my rss feeds have the same post on some random website every time i log on and i have to manually refresh to get the correct feeds back. I am unable to delete the random bookmark.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Save The Session While Using OS On Pen Drive

Aug 21, 2011

I haven't installed ubuntu but using it from my Pen drive. The major problem I am facing is I am not able to save my current session. For example I will download and install a couple of software like 'WINE', 'java plugin' and other useful software for me, but when I shutdown everything is lost and I get a new copy of OS on my next start-up.I can't install a copy ubuntu on my hard disk as I have only single partition on which windows is running.

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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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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 :: Can Not Save Data To External Usb Hard Drive / Fix It?

May 24, 2010

Can not save data to external usb hard drive
formated and mounted on Ubuntu 9.10
visible on desktop /Dev/Sdb1

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Ubuntu :: Setup System To Automatically Save Into Another Drive?

Apr 6, 2011

I am helping a friend to install ubuntu, and he has a small ssd hardrive that he wants the OS installed on, but everything else he wants to save to another drive!

Is it possible to setup ubuntu to automatically save into another drive?

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Ubuntu :: Can't Save Any Files ?

Feb 9, 2010

I am very new to linux but not to computers. The transition from Windows to Ubuntu was seamless, it is very easy to use and I really like linux so far, until it came time to save a file. I find it very hard to believe that every time you create a document of file that you need to be logged in as root to save it or at least that's what everyone is telling me.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Save Php Files To /var/www

Jun 20, 2010

I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 in a virtual machine and trying to do some work with php. I'm using Bluefish editor to create a very simple file that will show the date on a web page. The problem is that I try to save the file and get the following error:

Error opening file '/var/www/today.php': Permission denied.

Obviously it's a permissions issue. So I followed the instructions found in this post:


but alas, I keep getting the error.

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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 :: 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 :: GEdit Won't Save On Mounted Network Drive (cifs)

Jun 28, 2010

I have a line in the fstab file which automatically mounts a network drive every time I start up Ubuntu. I browse to a text file on the network drive and open it using gEdit and make changes to it. Then, when I hit the save button, a bright red warning appears:

Could not save the file [path here] gedit cannot handle file: locations in write mode. check that you typed the location correctly and try again. This also happens if I do save as. Then, after this error appears, the file actually disappears (gets deleted) from the network drive and in order to save it, I have to select save as again and type in the original filename. The line in my fstab file is:

//files.example.com/username /media/Network-Drive cifs uid=myname,umask=000,credentials=[cred file here],domain=mydomain 0 0

I'm not sure if this has something to do with the file permissions or gEdit itself or using cifs to mount. When I use the "ls -l" command on the file, I get

-rwxr-xr-x 1 myname root 7402 2010-06-28 01:14 textfile.do

which should be fine since the user has all permissions.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Save Html Files

Feb 3, 2010

I'm trying to set up some basic websites on an Apache 2 server running on my Linux box. At the moment, I have some really basic html files that I want to load into the /var/www directory. However, for whatever reason, I cannot save my html files. First, I thought it was because I didn't have permission on my account, so I switched to localadmin (i don't know if all Linux distros come with a localadmin account, but i know localadmin has "higher" permissions than, but less that root, of course). Even as localadmin, I could not save my html files!

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Ubuntu :: Save .odt Or .doc Files As PDFs?

Mar 9, 2010

its possible to save .odt or .doc files as PDFs? I don't think OO can do it.

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Ubuntu :: Save Changes In .conf Files?

Apr 26, 2010

i am currently working on ldap server configuration and i had made changes on smb.conf file but i don't know how to save these change. am using ubuntu 9.10

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: How To Save MP3 Files

May 17, 2010

How does one save files in MP3 (or MP4) format.This would apply to converting an existing audio file to MP3 or to ripping a CD.This question must be as old as Ubuntu, yet I find very little in our forums. What I do find, refers me to items that don't seem to be in the repositories anymore, so perhaps someone in the know can update us again.Yes it is lossy and proprietary, but it's fine for speech and produces a much more compact file than flac. Also, flac and ogg are not well known to non Linux users, programs and equipment. So, for compatibility, I often want to convert flac to MP3.

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Ubuntu :: Where Does Webcheck Save Files

Nov 30, 2010

I'm trying to use webcheck to generate a site map. after the webcheck runs, it says it has made files, but I don't know where that is. Does anyone know where webcheck saves files?

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Ubuntu :: Gimp Can't Save Png Files?

Dec 1, 2010

like to update it on occasion. Recently I attempted to edit an image locally. I use vbulletin, which relies on png for it's forum icons. When I tried to change the default image for a new one I created using GIMP, I saved it as a *.png file. Yet, when I looked at the saved file - it was actually a *.xcf file (which I've never even heard of before).What gives?ensure it is saved with a png extension when I select png extension, instead of the xcf extension it seems intent on saving as?The image was originally a jpg, if that makes any difference. I can't see as it does though. When I was on Windoze, I used Paint Shop Pro - and if I told it to save a file with a png extension, it amazingly saved it with a png extension

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Ubuntu :: Running From USB Drive - Possible To Save Things - Download Programs - Drivers?

Apr 18, 2010

A few sectors on my Hard drive on my toshiba laptop are having issues, so i have to load Ubuntu (9.10 i believe) from a USB drive. Is is still possible to save things, download programs, drivers, and anything so i can still use most of ubuntu's features without everything resetting after a reboot?

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Ubuntu :: Configure System To Automatically Save My Documents On An External Drive?

May 17, 2010

I have an external hard drive that I use to store the My Documents folder from my Windows partition. I want to be able to automatically have all of my saved documents from Ubuntu go there as well. How do I configure that?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Save Accounts And Settings Of Thunderbird To A Flash Drive?

Sep 29, 2010

I am looking for a program to save accounts and settings of thunderbird to a flash drive. For I want to reload windows and ubuntu, due to slowness of opening up files. I found MozBackup utility works but it is for windows.

Is there something similar for ubuntu? Tried to find it in synapse under morzilla and thunderbird.

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Ubuntu :: Taking Ages To Save Files?

Apr 25, 2010

Ubuntu has been working fine since I dropped Windows six months ago , but recently I am experiencing problems when saving files that I have scanned in . They are taking an age to save and they are only small files less than 200kb ??? Saving anything takes an age now 5 mins +

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