Ubuntu :: Reformat Drive In Order To Do A Clean Install?

Aug 27, 2010

I just gave my friend my laptop which has II on it. She wants W7 (have the disk) but how do I reformat my drive in order to do a clean install?

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Ubuntu :: Reformat The Entire Hard Drive And Install It?

Feb 7, 2010

I have a little experience using Ubuntu with VMWare Fusion on my Mac, but that is about it. My girlfriend is running Windows Vista on an HP Pavilion tx 2000 laptop and she has been having all sorts of trouble with it. Needless to say Windows is eating the computer from the inside out so I recommended that she use Ubuntu, which means that I have to set everything up for her... So my question is how do I go about reformatting the entire hard drive and installing Ubuntu (or another Linux based OS recommended)?

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General :: Reformat An Ext3 Drive To A Windows Drive?

Mar 26, 2010

I have an external drive which is formatted for Linux (ext3) and want to re-format it to use it under windows. I have no data on the disk that I need, just want to re-format so I can use it for a backup for my windows7 laptop.

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Ubuntu :: Remove In Order To Do A Clean Installation?

Nov 13, 2010

What's the least I have to remove in order to do a clean installation of Ubuntu? Alternatively, how do I reformat the main partition from the command line?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Booting Into Os X After Clean Install Of 10.4 On A Separate Drive

May 18, 2010

The hardware is a psystar box with 2 drives for os x and ubuntu respectively. I attempted install of ubuntu over older version of xubunut without physically disconnecting the os x drive After install I could not boot into either system. THEN I remembered something about the install problem that 10.4 has and installed ubuntu again, this time following the instruction regarding booloader install. Now I can boot ubunut fine, but of course when I select drive holing os x it hangs on 'Verifying DMI pool data....' I've been looking at some thread on here about dual boot problems with Win7 and such, but are any of the recommended diagnostic and repair steps relevant to my case, specifically testdisk and bootinfo scripts?

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OpenSUSE Install :: LVM Drive Not Showing Up In Clean 11.4 Install?

Jun 11, 2011

so excuse me if I don't use the correct terminology, but what I have are two USB external hard drives joined into one drive using LVM.I originally set this up using 11.2 and then used it for months on a system with 11.1. The LVM drive would show up in the file system as /dev/mapper/Media-Media.I then upgraded that system from 11.1 to 11.4 using a clean install and a "minimal server" selection. Now, the LVM doesn't show up anywhere. In the YaST disk partitioner, it shows a "/dev/Media" as being of the type LVM2 Media with no logical volumes

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Ubuntu :: Reformat WD External Drive?

Jul 3, 2010

Just bought a 'my passport essential' wd external drive. Before putting anything on it I want to get rid of the partition that holds a windows exe for backing up and some security features. Not sure whether its a hidden partition but wondered whether the on-board disk utility could achieve the same as 'f' disc used to.

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Ubuntu :: How To Reformat Hard Drive

Aug 21, 2010

I was previously on Windows 7 and then had to get a new hard drive as my old one died on me. As I had a Ubuntu disc lying around, I decided to install it onto this computer, but honestly, I can't stand the OS and can't do anything that I'm used to doing (and doing it slower when in Linux). My question is, how do I completely reformat this hard drive / how do I install WIndows onto this computer, when my BIOS isn't letting me edit it. The Windows disc doesn't try to load, no matter what I try to do to it.

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General :: How To Do Clean Install Onto A Newly Formatted Drive

Jan 25, 2011

How to do a clean install onto a newly formatted drive

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General :: Format A Hard Drive In Order To Install?

Apr 15, 2010

how do i format a hard drive in order to install linux,The following errors are displayed during installation:"VolGroup01" not found followed by could not find filesystem '/dev/root

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Hardware :: Can't Reformat USB Stick Drive

Oct 31, 2009

I have a 2Gb DT Kingston secure USB stick which somehow I have contrived to partially reformat using Gparted - however it now only shows 15Mb of unallocated space and that's it - I cannot seem to get the full empty 2Gb back again.

Is it because it used to have windows based secure software on it - has it 'locked down' the drive so it's now useless?

I just want to have 2Gb of EXT type space!

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Ubuntu :: External Hard Drive Won't Mount After Reformat

Apr 9, 2010

I recently reformatted my external hard drive. Somewhere along the way I think my fstab got messed up because now my hard drive won't mount. Instead I get the following error:

Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error

In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so

If I mount it through Gparted, it mounts just fine.

My fstab currently looks like this:

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Ubuntu :: Reformat Read-only NFTS External Drive?

Aug 30, 2010

Short version: How do I reformat an external hard-drive (read-only, NFTS) so that I can rw to it.

Long version: I had a self-built Ubuntu desktop that is now dead. I have pulled out the hard-drives and have bought one of the connector's to convert the SATA cable to USB so I can put the data on my Mac. Unfortunately, my Mac is not able to read the hard-drive for some reason... So, I've decided to boot my old Ubuntu laptop to pull the files from the SATA drive to an external drive then hopefully connect that external drive to transfer the files to the Mac. The external drive is currently formatted as NFTS and I'm unable to reformat it with gparted--I'm guessing that's because it's read-only mode...?

Ubuntu ext3 SATA -> connector -> Mac OS X


Ubuntu ext3 SATA -> connector -> Ubuntu ext3 laptop -> external NFTS HD -> Mac OS X

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Software :: Add The New Hard Drive And RAID Later - Or Reformat?

Mar 16, 2011

I am on Ubuntu 10.10.I installed it on a 500 gig hard drive.In the future i want to software RAID(I did it in the past using the alternate version of ubuntu from the installation process), is it possible to add the new hard drive later and RAID later or i need to reformat?I am talking about software RAID.

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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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Fedora :: Reformat Flash Drive Mounts As Tempfs?

Oct 15, 2009

In trying to get rid of GPT I somehow hosed my flash drive - now when plugged in and I run df - I see tempfs /dev/shm - is there anyway I can somehow repartition, reformat my flash drive ?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reformat The Drive - Advance Partition Unity / Gnome 3 / Windows 7

May 11, 2011

it will have a 1TB HDD with Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. I want to reformat the drive and do some kind of advanced partitioning. I want to have 2 installs of Ubuntu11.04, that way I can have Unity AND Gnome 3. Is there a way I can partition it so they share the home and swap partitions? (2. / partitions, 1 /home and 1 swap) How would I do that?

I will also need 2 partitions for Windows 7 which I use for work. (No, I do not want to use VirtualBox) My Windows 7 cd creates a second system reserve partition. I don't know if this will make me run out of partitions. I hear you can only have a max of 4. My idea above has 4 partitions for Ubuntu alone.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Configured Cron To Clean /tmp Directory - Add Other Locations To Clean And Especially /var/tmp?

Oct 11, 2010

I configured cron to clean my /tmp directory, should I also add other locations to clean and especially /var/tmp.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Unintstall Ubuntu Completely Reformat Hard Drive?

Aug 22, 2010

I installed ubuntu using a flash stick and I must have done it wrong as I cannot get access to the internet (to install more stuff)so I have to start over. I have searched but still don't know how to do it. Do I delete all the ubuntu files on mhy flash stick and then insert it in the drive or do I enter something at the command line?

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Ubuntu :: Is It Possible To Reformat Install File?

Sep 4, 2010

Having some trouble with pinnacle. I have an install disk for it, but because it's an .exe file it won't install to Linux. Is it possible to reformat the install file?

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Ubuntu :: Last Update Messed Up Install - How To Reformat My Parttion So Can Reinstall

May 2, 2010

My last update for Ubuntu 9.10 messed up my whole install. My question is how do I reformat my parttion so I can reinstall Ubuntu. I am using dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu!

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OpenSUSE Install :: Can't Reformat Encrypted Filesystem?

Mar 2, 2010

I have an encrypted filesystem that I've decided I don't want encrypted anymore. Seems the easiest way to do this is simply reformat the filesystem, but I can't. If I try to do it in YaST2 I get either system error code -3005 (unknown) or -3008 (apparently in use). When I try to do it from the command line I get:

frylock:/home/joel # umount /dev/sdb5
umount: /dev/sdb5: not mounted
frylock:/home/joel # mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdb5
mke2fs 1.41.9 (22-Aug-2009)
/dev/sdb5 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here!
frylock:/home/joel #

It's unmounted, I don't know how to make it any less in use than that.I can't delete the partition because it's not the last logical partition in the extended partition.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Reformat Computer And Install 11.2?

Jul 22, 2010

At the moment I've got dual-bootable machine with WinXP (25GB on hard disk) and openSUSE 11.2 (20GB on hard disk). After saving the important files on my ~/home I want to wipe off all data from both my partitions and then install WinXP (with 15GB) and openSUSE 11.2 with 30GB. The problem is I'm not sure how to go about doing this? I'm guessing the problem will be the boot process. I installed openSUSE on a machine that already had WinXP and I didn't change any boot settings so it must still be controlled by XP. So presumably I'd have to:

1. Remove openSUSE first and then remove XP using the XP CD.
2. Install XP again
3. Install openSUSE on another partition as I did before but with different partition sizes.

Or should I install openSUSE first before XP? I think I'm more confident on installing XP first since I've already done it earlier. The only other complication is that this is my 'laptop' screen is broken so I use an external monitor. This is what prevented me from formatting my computer earlier.


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Ubuntu :: Wiping Hard Drive Clean?

Sep 23, 2010

My laptop has had it, so I am getting a new net book instead. So with my old laptop, I am giving it to a charity who refurb them and send them overseas.Not that I do not trust them, but they say they wipe the hard drive to US Department of Defense standard 5220.22M. But I would feel a lot happier if I did it myself first, so how do I go about doing it? I have tried using wipe but as it was a tar file I got stuck trying to use the tar file.

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Ubuntu :: How To Clean Windows Drive From Linux

Apr 30, 2011

i created an USB Ubuntu [10.04], that i want to keep with me. people sometimes ask me to hep them with all sorts of windows problems, and i wanted to have a usb linux, that i could load with all kind of tools/ software to help.So, i tried doing some research, into what would be most useful. Antivirus-wise, all the links pointed at Clam AV (i also found a pdf describing how to clean a windows drive from linux - will try that soon - if this thread gathers followers, I'll post the results).Do you have any ideas what could i install more ? different AV ? some defragmenting tool? I searched a bit, but on all kinds of forums people just said that linux did not need defragmenting. i know that, but i want a linux tool that defragments NTFS drives.

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Ubuntu :: Sata Hard Drive Order Isn't The First One In The List

Jan 16, 2010

I have 4 hard drives in my computer. 1 for may root and home partitions. 2 extras for storage and 1 for Windows. I have the hard drive with my root and home partitions set as the first hard drive in the bios. However, in the Ubuntu setup it isn't the first one in the list. I would have thought that the first drive would be get set to sda. That is not the case.

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Change Drive Enumeration Order

Apr 12, 2011

I am installing Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS on a new server that has 21 hard drives. My OS/boot drive is plugged into a SATA port on the motherboard, and the other 20 drives are plugged into cheap 4 port SATA adapter cards plugged into the PCIe slots on the motherboard.

When I first get to the part of the installer where I set up partitions and such, it is enumerating my disks in a somewhat weird order. The first 4 disks sda, sdb, sdc and sdd are disks connected to one of the SATA controllers, then sde is my smaller OS disk. Is there any way to force the small OS disk to be sda before I continue setting up my RAID? It's not a huge deal, but I'd like to have the system drive be sda, as it is in all my other systems. This is the 3rd system I've built like this, but it's the first time I've run into this issue (newer motherboard than the last one).

If possible I'd like to use the menu system in the installer to setup the RAID, as typing all those disk names manually into an mdadm config manually is going to be a huge pain. That precludes me from just unplugging the extra drives until after I get the base OS installed and working.

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Hardware :: System To Command To Clean Tape Drive?

Sep 30, 2010

I have a questions concerning tape drives.

Is it necessary to erase tape before recording ?

Do You know linux command to clean tape drive ?

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Ubuntu :: Lucid Upgrade Change Drive Order And Broke Mdadm?

May 19, 2010

I have 4 drives in my system. Two are SATA and configured in a RAID 1. This is my main drive for the system. The other two drives are IDE drives used to bulk temp storage. Before the upgrade my RAID drives were:


I'm not sure what the IDE drives were. Now after the upgrade the IDE drives are:


and the RAID SATA drives are:


Needless to say on reboot the raid blow up and the system would not boot. I was able to get it working for now by removing the IDE drives. My current mdadm.conf file is as follows:

DEVICE partitions
ARRAY /dev/md1 level=raid1 num-devices=3 UUID=20fd5b92:860d9ca3:57d3b65c:14fcf2fb
ARRAY /dev/md0 level=raid1 num-devices=3 UUID=16401201:52cf4cc0:27286d7a:ac5234f7

Now I assume that I could change the devices to the new devices names. However I was hoping for a better way to do this. The IDE drives are only semi permanent. Is there a way to configure mdadm with partition labels like you can in fstab?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Restore Correct GRUB Boot Order After Removed XP Drive

Mar 11, 2010

I have an old Dell Dimension 4500 that, until recently, had 2 hard drives. One drive is running Xubuntu Koala and the other was running XP. I had set up Xubuntu to run LVM.

After needing XP again for a small project I tried reinstalling XP, got disk errors, took the drive out to just have Xubuntu, and now when I boot I get "Error loading operating system".

I have tried restoring GRUB from a Live CD with no help. Everyplace I look on the net talks about restoring GRUB after installing Windows on another drive. I'm trying to get GRUB working again after removing the XP drive.

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