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Format HDD in caddy

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Format HDD in caddy

I am running Mint 17.2 on a bootable usb stick..... no hdd is in the machine... but I have a hdd in a usb caddy that I want to format so I can re-install O.S. on a "clean" hdd....
How do I do this with Mint 17.2 please....
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Re: Format HDD in caddy

Boot the stick, open gparted with the hdd plugged in.
Select the HDD from the drop down menu,
Choose NEW partition table, then write (Return symbol)
Job done
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Re: Format HDD in caddy

OK thanks HB Wink
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Re: Format HDD in caddy

Don't forget to format it with a filesystem of your choice.

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Re: Format HDD in caddy

Yep !....  thanks for that !.... job done.... and all ok now....  Wink
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Re: Format HDD in caddy

If he is reusing to install an os on then the formatting is redundant as it will be overwritten.
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Re: Format HDD in caddy

Yes, I did re-install an O.S. on it.....  I just wanted a "clean" hdd to start off with... so foramatting seemed the way to go...