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    Question trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    I installed 8.10 and I love it. I am ready to put my media my 300g drive so I am trying to reformat to ext3. It has XP on it now and I can mount it. When I try gparted it fails. When I do a terminal session /dev/sd* gives me a permission denied. Any thoughts. Since I can mount it, do I even need to reformat? Thanks.

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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    what error message are you getting?

    To format the partition you may need to use sudo

    try mkfs.ext3

    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    The error is basically a popup that says there was an error perfoming this opperation. Here is the log that I saved. This is the error before it starts listing all the sectors.
    ---------------------------------------------
    GParted 0.3.8

    Libparted 1.8.9

    Create Primary Partition #1 (ext2, 279.46 GiB) on /dev/sdb 00:04:43 ( ERROR )

    create empty partition 00:00:00 ( SUCCESS )

    path: /dev/sdb1
    start: 63
    end: 586067264
    size: 586067202 (279.46 GiB)
    set partitiontype on /dev/sdb1 00:00:00 ( SUCCESS )

    new partitiontype: ext2
    create new ext2 filesystem 00:04:43 ( ERROR )

    mkfs.ext2 -L "" /dev/sdb1

    Filesystem label=
    OS type: Linux
    Block size=4096 (log=2)
    Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
    18317312 inodes, 73258400 blocks
    3662920 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
    First data block=0
    Maximum filesystem blocks=0
    2236 block groups
    32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
    8192 inodes per group
    Superblock backups stored on blocks:
    32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
    4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616

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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    Here is what I got when I tried mkfs.ext3

    stevep@Lime:~$ sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
    mke2fs 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
    Filesystem label=
    OS type: Linux
    Block size=4096 (log=2)
    Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
    18317312 inodes, 73258400 blocks
    3662920 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
    First data block=0
    Maximum filesystem blocks=0
    2236 block groups
    32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
    8192 inodes per group
    Superblock backups stored on blocks:
    32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
    4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616

    Warning: could not read block 0: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read
    Writing inode tables: done
    ext2fs_mkdir: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while creating root dir
    stevep@Lime:~$

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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    That is a new one in me

    See if these links help :

    http://segva.blogspot.com/2007/05/ho...al-hdd-on.html

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6373612

    On that last thread, see post #5 (the last one)
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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    I would recommend checking the health of your sdb drive just to see if that is possibly the issue. You can do that from Ubuntu by doing the following:
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    sudo apt-get install smartmontools
    First do the following to save the current health status parameters of your HDD to a file on your desktop:
    Code:
    sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb > ~/Desktop/sdb_health_before_test.txt
    Then run:
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    sudo smartctl -t long /dev/sdb
    That command will immediately terminate while the HDD begins its self-test, and it could take quite a while. You can monitor the progress with:
    Code:
    sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb | grep -A 1 -i "self-test execution status"
    Once the above command says the test is done, then do:
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    sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb > ~/Desktop/sdb_health_after_test.txt
    sudo smartctl -H /dev/sdb
    And please post the contents of the two files on your desktop so we can see the results.

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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    Thank you for helping caljohnsmith
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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    Quote Originally Posted by bodhi.zazen View Post
    Thank you for helping caljohnsmith
    You're certainly welcome, bodhi.zazen, I just try to help when I can. Hope I wasn't intruding.

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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    Quote Originally Posted by caljohnsmith View Post
    You're certainly welcome, bodhi.zazen, I just try to help when I can. Hope I wasn't intruding.
    You know that you are not intruding, i appreciate both your expertise and your time as a volunteer.
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    Re: trying to format 2nd drive (ntfs) and failing miserably

    Quote Originally Posted by bodhi.zazen View Post
    You know that you are not intruding, i appreciate both your expertise and your time as a volunteer.
    We need more "intruders" like caljohnsmith!

    He knows more than I'll ever be able to forget!

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