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Old 05-31-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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Question how to format USBs to FAT32 in Fedora


so, i am teribbly new when it comes to computers, and I converted one of my old iPod touches into a external harddrive, and i wouldnt mind a small tuorial on how to format my Ipod(USB) to FAT32? I'm on a netbook, and i want to delete Fedora and install BAckTrack instead. and without a CD/DVD drive or really much free money, i gotta use my iPod to do this.

I apologize if there is a thread like this Already. and please no complicated computer-jargon, thanks.
 
Old 05-31-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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. and please no complicated computer-jargon, thanks.
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and you are going from a cutting edge distro to a SECURITY testing distro

and you do not want "complicated computer-jargon"
good luck on that .

run "parted" from fedora ?? what 14 or the current 15 on the device after you find what usb port it is on from "lsusb"
 
Old 05-31-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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I would not use backtrack. It would most likely get you doing illegal stuff.

If you can access it like a normal storage device then it should allow you to re-format it. Why do you want to do that?
 
Old 05-31-2011, 08:55 PM   #4
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jefro! you wound me! not phisically, of course. but i dont even have the slightest clue at all when it comes to formatting anything in Fedora 14.
 
Old 05-31-2011, 10:28 PM   #5
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If you're running a "standard" Fedora 14, somewhere in your "Applications" menu (probably in the "System" section) you should find the gparted command. (There may, in fact, be a "Search" function in the Application menu. If so, just search for the gparted command.) When you run it (and after you enter your "root" password), you should get a screen that (by default) will show the partitions on your first hard drive. In the upper, right, part of the screen is a drop-down window that you can use to find other drives. (They are called "sda," "sdb," etc. If you want to know why "hda" became "sda," just ask. But expect "jargon" as an answer.) Anyhow, one of the drives should, I guess, have a single partition and be the one you want to reformat. (If it's not obvious which drive is the one you're looking for, close gparted, unplug the drive, and restart gparted. The drive that's not there is the one you're interested in formatting. Plug it back in, and press the control-R key combination to have gparted refresh its device information list. Then select the device, and highlight the partition you want to format.

Once you've got the correct partition highlighted, select the "Format to" item under the "Partition" item in the main menu. That should pop up a list of format options, from which you should select "fat32." You will - of course - be warned that reformatting the partition will destroy all data in that partition - which is, of course, obvious, but a CYA that the developers feel they need to put in. Anyhow, after you accept the warning, the "check mark" at the right end of the menu under the main menu should turn green. Click on that (now green) check mark, and the partition will be reformatted. (If you don't press the check-mark, nothing will be done to the drive.)

By the way, before you push the check-mark, note the "Label" item, also under the "Partition" main-menu. If you click that, you can add a label to your drive.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.

P.S.: If gparted is not installed, use the "Add software" function to add it to your system.
 
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:04 PM   #6
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Backtrack is not a newbie distro. While it may have legal and proper uses, it can also be used for illegal reasons. Hacking into a neighbor's wifi may seem innocent but it is a crime in many places. There is no valid reason for your to consider using backtrack. I am trying to caution you on this. Hacking into a health monitor network may even be dangerous.

Learn major desktop distro's would be my suggestion.
 
Old 06-01-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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Jefro, your concern is noted.

PTrenholme, thanks for the info, But now my *USB wont come up in this 'gparted' thing, my computer recognises it outside of gparted, but only GParted doesnt seem to recognise it. when i check the properties of my *USB on Fedora, it says it is a msdos, and when i check on Windows Vista, it says it's a FAT32, wtf? and i have access to a Windows Vista computer, should i be doing this on vista? oh and uh, should i use Unetbootin for this? or what?

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Old 06-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #8
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Thank you for politely listening to my rant.
 
Old 06-01-2011, 11:20 PM   #9
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Anytime, Jefro, Anytime.
 
  


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