How do i format a disc

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How do i format a disc

Postby mrmullad » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:51 pm

Hi new to Linux mint i have had a look but can't find it can someone please tell me how to format a disc or drive i need to formate a SD card to fat32 i have tried to install wine and use a windows formating tool but no luck software manager finds it but will not install it help with that would be much aprecated also.
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Re: How do i format a disc

Postby 741cc » Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:26 pm

First, back up your files as if you mess this up, you can wipe out your whole pc's drive.

Insert the drive that you wish to format and start up gparted from the menu. Install it with Software Centre, Synaptic or Terminal if it's not present.

Gparted will open showing your first hdd, eg. " /dev/sda (*** GiB)", DO NOT FORMAT THIS ONE. Click the drop-down at top right and this will show any other mounted drives. Select the one you wish to format - make sure that the size you know the SD card to be matches the one that you select.
Right-click the drive you wish to format.
Hover over "Format To" then select the file system that you wish to install.
Click the green tick at the top and you're done.
Unmount the drive and remove.

If you are uncertain about any of the steps above, please note what you see (or take a screen shot), and re-post here. Use gparted with care.

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