Friday, March 13, 2009

Formatting the external devices memory on Linux - basics

Author: Adrian Nowak, 4:26 PM, Friday, March 13, 2009

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Each new device for storing files, before it start work must be adequately prepared memory. This process is called formatting, has a breakdown of memory into the file system for the areas in which information is placed. I will show you a few methods to format the memory of the portable device.

Unfortunately in Ubuntu you does not find a context menu option "Format", as is the case with Windows. To do this, we will have to use a separate program, but it also should not take a long time.

1) At the beginning I suggest using a simple program called gnome-format. You can download it from the site GetDeb.net. Then run it from the menu: 'Programs => System Tools => Format GNOME'.

Using the program is trivial. Select media that you want to format from the list of 'Volume', then the file system (if we do not know what to choose, leave the default) and at the end of course, 'format'.

2) The second method is to use a more advanced program, which is also used for the preparation of the partition when installing Ubuntu. Experienced users know that it is of course a program GParted.

If it is not already installed on your system, type in the console:

sudo apt-get install gparted
Then run the program by typing:
sudo gparted

This command starts the application with the appropriate privileges. This is a big defect in the form of access to the directory, which in the worst case, we may unwittingly remove.

The most important step that we need to do at the beginning, is to change the active device on our storage medium. Prevent accidental removal of one of the partitions on the physical disk in your computer. The changes we make in the right upper corner of the program (highlighted in the image). If you do not know the point of mounting the device, we can easily guess is that it is his size.

Then, to be able to manage memory which is connected, we need to unmount it, or to make any program does not benefit from it. Click on the name to the partition and choose unmount.

Finally, it also selects the same context menu option 'Format as => fat32'. After you select the 'Apply' the changes are made, and our memory will be ready for use.

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