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by Dirkoir
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Why do new people give up on Linux?
Replies: 1024
Views: 192955

Re: Why do new people give up on Linux?

Some quick thoughts: One may not actually leave Linux but the current distro. (these days I sometimes glimpse at other distros because of having been hit by problems on Linux Mint, for example the complexity of upgrading to a new version which runs into a wall of my lack of time (I am still stuck on...
by Dirkoir
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Weird event: A video I had recently started to watch before but then shut down the TV (possibly before EXITing out of the media mode which I usually do as a precaution) could no longer be played the next day (some error message of being unusable or some such). When some days later I unplugged the US...
by Dirkoir
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?

I think your idea of changing the UUIDs in fstab may help. Let us know cheers. :) Unfortunately, I am not sure how I might change the UUIDs (and then the fstab) in a safe way: a way that doesn't disconnect partitions from the partition table, wherever it is (there might even be more than one on the...
by Dirkoir
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?

Ideas for help: Since making the Clones bootable on the travel laptop may be impossible (sad modern age where boot drives can no longer be used on different computers), maybe one or both of these 2 alternatives would make sense? Find some non-destructive way to change UIDs or labels and/or fstab so ...
by Dirkoir
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?

I have spent endless hours by now wrestling with the non-clone state of the clones (boot disk clones not booting, one not at all, the other only the Windows OS). This link is a nice tutorial for making dual boot possible when it doesn't work out of the box of a Linux install on top of Windows: https...
by Dirkoir
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Update Manager on Dead LM Version Suddenly Awake
Replies: 18
Views: 813

Re: Update Manager on Dead LM Version Suddenly Awake

Summary: There has been no discovery or revelation in this thread explaining why on the discontinued Linux Mint 17 the Update Manager (represented by a shield-shaped icon in the bottom task bar) lately sometimes temporarily returns from the gray-red-x disabled mode back into the enabled mode. I can ...
by Dirkoir
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?

. Answers and more background info : The transition period is necessary because Linux Mint doesn't work for me out of the box. --- When I installed LM 17 in 2014, it took days before the WIFI Internet connection would finally work. Interface fixes and the installation and configuration of various a...
by Dirkoir
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

How to add a partition for new Linux Mint version?

Hello, gurus: I currently have a double boot laptop -- with its original Windows 8.1 plus Linux Mint 17 scattered over 8 partitions: 4 boot & Windows partitions followed by 4 LM 17 partitions (swap, /, home, data) How risky or possible might it be to... shrink the Windows OS partition (/dev/sda4), c...
by Dirkoir
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Update (on the reformatted not previously used USB stick): I just finished the new compilation of video files destined to be packed onto the reformatted 'twin' USB stick. And Nemo copied all 129 files (in 11 folders plus some sub-folders and amounting to almost 32 GB) to the USB stick in one single ...
by Dirkoir
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Update Manager on Dead LM Version Suddenly Awake
Replies: 18
Views: 813

Re: Update Manager on Dead LM Version Suddenly Awake

I can't imaging running the updates will hurt anything. ... The real problem is that you're now well out of the support window. Well, I worry that these update possibilities that keep coming and going after I drifted out of the support window are erroneous and could wreck the outdated LM version or...
by Dirkoir
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Update Manager on Dead LM Version Suddenly Awake
Replies: 18
Views: 813

Re: Update Manager on Dead LM Version Suddenly Awake

My Upgrade icon is active (blue with exclamation mark) again. The terminal command [sudo apt-get -u upgrade --assume-no] gives me the exact same result as posted in the previous post (when the icon was the red crossed out kind again), except for the "131 MB" disk space message being changed to "132 ...
by Dirkoir
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

How the reformatting worked. (of a still working flash drive to hopefully prevent future problems) The flash drive: the still mounting 'twin' of the other one from the same packet that after several uses no longer mounts. The procedure: The one described by ricardogroetaers above: 1-Restart the com...
by Dirkoir
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Interim Report Deleted data from NTFS partition recovered using ntfsundelete (see above). The 'twin' of the no longer mounting USB stick reformatted and looking more reliable now (but not yet fully tested). How I overcame the formatting hurdle reported above comes in the next comment post below. Ot...
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

I tried to format the 'twin' (the NOT messed up, not yet utilized 32 GB Intenso USB stick) with the Disks application, but it failed: Settings: * Don't overwrite existing data (Quick) * Compatible with all systems and devices (MBR / DOS) Result within 10 or 20 seconds: Error formatting disk Error sy...
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Quick replies: I chose to use the pattern matchings of ntfsundelete, with success (Yeah!): Instructional sources: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/13706/recover-deleted-files-on-an-ntfs-hard-drive-from-a-ubuntu-live-cd/ https://linux.die.net/man/8/ntfsundelete Excellent sleuthing and congratulations....
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Again, experience tells me that FAT32 is the safest option for sharing. Rules to understand; 1. if USB is 16Gb don't fill it to 15.99Gb 2. If FAT32 has a 4Gb file size limit, don't try to make 3.99Gb files. I never fill any hard drive, fixed or portable to more than 80% capacity. OK, I'll summarize...
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

So... now... the recovery of the deleted files... (from the hard drive)... How I just did it: Since I came across no simple traditional undelete possibility (reversing the delete flag in the table of contents of the file system), I bit the bullet and went for a low-level recovery that makes copies f...
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Here's my 2 cents worth. I have encountered the same issues as everyone here. I don't EVER rely on the factory formatting of a new USB. They must use software that does it very quickly and subsequently have unreliable outcomes. When I do it myself it always OK. If you have formatted in the wrong sy...
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Yes, "For maximum security" all such utilities probably function that way. Just what on Earth do they mean with "security" in that case? Security from hackers or thieves? Simply undoing the delete flag in the table of contents wouldn't alter this kind of security one bit. In fact, making copies wou...
by Dirkoir
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Huge Problems with USB Stick (aka flash drive)

Truth be said all Linux file managers suck at it. On the other hand, this can be an indication that the stick is failing. Truth be said, it is me who suck as I didn't try what I preach for quite a while. :mrgreen: When "Eject" button is pressed, Caja is very clear when it comes to letting you know ...

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