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    HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    i do not see that i can right click on a usb and get a format option anymore... come to think of it it had disappeared on 12.04 too

    where is it?

    how does one format a usb these days?
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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by shantiq View Post
    i do not see that i can right click on a usb and get a format option anymore... come to think of it it had disappeared on 12.04 too

    where is it?

    how does one format a usb these days?
    With the Disks utility or GParted if you have it installed.

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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    You can always do it at a terminal.
    Code:
    sudo umount /dev/sdb
    where 'sdb' is the USB drive to be formatted.

    Format to ext4:
    Code:
    sudo mkfs.ext4 -n 'Label' -I /dev/sdb
    where 'Label' is will be the name displayed for the USB

    Format to FAT32:
    Code:
    sudo mkdosfs -F 32 'Label' -I /dev/sdb
    where 'Label' is will be the name displayed for the USB

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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    thanx



    this is the one for me
    Disks utility

    Accessories/Disks
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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    Not a very popular option, but I usually do all of my usb formatting within the application "Startup Disk Creator" aka usb-creator-gtk which is installed by default. Usually I end up putting an .iso on the drive using the same application, so it is a rather quick and speedy graphical way to achieve this.

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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    XLENT! Mathor never knew that was there

    i usually use Unetbootin to make a live usb but this kills 2 birds with one stone
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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    running 13.4 here...

    went to software center and installed "disk" it shows installed with a green check mark. i can't find it anywhere on my 13.4 system despite the fact that the software center thinks it's installed.

    went to software center and installed "usb-creator-gtk". it shows installed with a green check mark. i can't find it anywhere on my 13.4 system despite the fact that the software center thinks it's installed.

    when in search for it with application finder>all applications>and the first few letters of either of the installed programs above, NONE of them, or anything even remotely close shows up.

    so apparently i have everything i need to format a thumb drive, except they are not visible in 13.4, and 13.4 does not know how to find them. weird.

    -peter

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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    run it in terminal maybe
    Code:
      usb-creator-gtk
    i too do not see it as a visible app but it comes up from the terminal
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    Re: HOW to format a usb on 13.04 ?

    Closed. This is 14.04 testing forum now. Please post new thread in main support forum.

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