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#1 rozzer

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 09:27 AM

Hi

 

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For the life of me I cannot find out how to format my flash drives, I have no problems

doing it on Windows, any help appreciated

 

 

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 09:59 AM

If you want to use a GUI method, the "Disks" utility can do it..

 

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You can alternatively use terminal commands, or Gparted, but that is the easiest way probably.


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:14 AM

In Mint Type USB and you will get a small list and you will see "USB Stick Formatter".  Or get a vid on youtube for doing it with gparted but more risky as you have access to your whole drive system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9zctyRP434


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 04:42 PM

I prefer to do it the easy way.
 

sudo fdisk -l


Find the usb EG Disk /dev/sdc: 32.0 GB, 32015679488 bytes



sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdc



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#5 rozzer

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:31 AM

Hi

 

Thanks guys, I took note of all 3 and will try them all in due course but on this occassion

I used No.1 jonuk76 and it worked fine.

Once again thanks :bananas:



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Posted 07 November 2015 - 06:05 AM

I like GParted, because it lets me size the partitions.  This is really important if you're setting up a Linux disk and you want to specify a separate home partition, or if you want to make some portion FAT32 so Windows can read it.


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