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jonnny_j22
October 14th, 2010, 10:33 AM
okay, so I did a dumb thing, I was deleting partitions for a new layout and forgot my flash drive was attatched. I accidentally deleted all partitions on the pen drive and now ubuntu doesn't recognise it when I connect it. How do i format it so it will work again?

migs73
October 14th, 2010, 10:53 AM
Try using the Disc Utility in System > Administration.
If it sees the drive it will allow formatting and partitioning.

jonnny_j22
October 14th, 2010, 11:05 AM
sorry I don't seem to have disk utilities installed?

cjv8888
October 14th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Can you see the flash drive in Administration/Gparted?

zaphod777
October 14th, 2010, 11:41 AM
I also believe that you can right click and select format.

migs73
October 14th, 2010, 12:05 PM
I also believe that you can right click and select format.

I believe the OP wants to repartition also.

I assume you are not using 10.10, in which case Gparted (no longer in 10.10?) will do the same job as previously stated by cvj888.

zaphod777
October 14th, 2010, 12:12 PM
I believe the OP wants to repartition also.

I assume you are not using 10.10, in which case Gparted (no longer in 10.10?) will do the same job as previously stated by cvj888.

I see. I don't think gparted was every included on the install just on the liveCD desktop. I have always had to install it afterwards.

cjv8888
October 14th, 2010, 12:20 PM
ok


sudo apt-get install gparted

cgroza
October 14th, 2010, 12:22 PM
Gparted is the right way to go. Make sure you select the flash drive from the menu.

cascade9
October 14th, 2010, 12:25 PM
Gparted is probably the easiest way, but there are lots of others.

jjex22
October 14th, 2010, 12:54 PM
or gparted live cd?

migs73
October 14th, 2010, 01:04 PM
Glad to be of help, even although nothing I mentioned was any use:lol::roll:


Edit; this is a response to the post below! I am sure it was above mine a minute ago? How'd I manage that then :confused:

jonnny_j22
October 14th, 2010, 01:05 PM
Cheers guys! running gparted didn't detect the drive, but your advice did remind me that I had gparted live cd somewhere about and a bit of a rummage and I was able to format the drive from the live cd!:smile: