I've just installed Linux Mint 14. Now I need to format my USB drive, but I'm not getting any option to do that.
How can I do that with a GUI?
You can use graphical tools to achieve this, such as GParted. You can install this like so:
apt-get update apt-get install gparted
Your OS may also include a graphical package manager, if so, you can alternatively install the
gparted package from there.
gparted is installed, run it. Select your flash drive (be careful, make sure it is the right device by checking the size, name, and existing partitions), and delete all of the existing partitions. Then, create a new filesystem that spans the disk, and tell
gparted to format it to
ext4 (which is probably the filesystem you want), then click OK.
Alternatively, you can also do this with fdisk and the filesystem's
mkfs tool. Assuming the relevant block device is
/dev/sdb (check using
fdisk -l and/or
blkid, it is very possible that it is not) and you want to format to ext4 (you probably do):
# Create partition scheme fdisk /dev/sdb << 'EOF' o n p 1 w EOF # Format partition 1 mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1
If you only want one partition, it is also possible to create it with no partition table: