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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    reformat hard drive to EXT 4


    After a fatal crash of Ubuntu, loss of data and extreme fatigue caused by reading dozens of forums, I decided to completely reformat my 640 GB HDD.
    I'm using Gparted 0.5.0 and it says the format to EXT 4 as "1 operation pending."
    It seems to be taking a very long time to complete. Is this proper?
    I do not recall if previous formats on various machines required lengthy formating time.
    Can anyone enlighten me on how long a format will take?

    640 BG WD Drive
    AMD 4X Phenom
    4 GB Ram


  2. #2
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    May 2007
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: reformat hard drive to EXT 4

    If you install Ubuntu 9.10 you'll get the EXT4 file system automatically during installation - To make sure you can choose to partition the drive manually.
    Ubuntu testing release

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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009

    Re: reformat hard drive to EXT 4

    It appears that I never click apply operations to the initial format process. It is progressing now.
    But, I plan to install Ubuntu 9.10. Should I stop the format and let 9.10 do it instaed?


    The system froze at the beginning of the EXT 4 format.
    Should I reboot and go again with 9.10?
    What to do??

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