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Problem need to reformat my HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Juelz, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    basically I have Ubuntu installed but have lost the password to access the OS, I have tried many suggested methods with no success. tbh I originally went to install windows 10 via bootable USB which I could not progress with as the partition of my HDD is FAT32 for some reason and it needs to be NTFS so Im guessing I need to reformat it but without being able to access Ubuntu not sure how I can do this.. help?
     
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  2. dmarsh

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    Windows installer normally allow you to format the drive, also you can normally get into a minwin session and run diskpart.

    Failing that you can boot off a Ubuntu DVD / Live disk and run GParted.
     
  3. Juelz

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    yeah For some reason theres no option for a partition in the installer I'll try the second method
     
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  4. SimonD

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    I would probably invest in a copy of PartedMagic if I were you (www.partedmagic.com), I have been using it for a few years now and it's well worth it.
     
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  5. Juelz

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    I battled with trying to install linux mint nearly all day.. I've givenup, I've tried everything! still baffled as to why I just couldn't get it working.. gone back to windows.Thanks for your help guys
     
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  6. SimonD

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    How about explaining some of your issues?
     
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  7. Apexes

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    Don't give up! probably a simple fix
     
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  8. Juelz

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    No need I was only really installing it due to issues with Windows 10 but I managed to fix those.
     
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  9. JK2447

    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Why not dual boot with Ubuntu mate, that works pretty well, best of both worlds :)
     
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  10. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    You see I much prefer to have two disks and boot that way, less risk of corrupting the other OS by doing something silly.
     
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  11. JK2447

    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Definitely, I've had boot blocks go awry on me in the past, for no apparent reason, that is always preferable I agree
     
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