Format Removable Drives
Format External Drives, Devices and Media
On Ubuntu 12.04 you can right click the device or drives icon on the unity launcher and select format.
Mostly you cannot right click on drives and devices and format them as you
may be used to.
Ubuntu comes with "disk utility" installed by default
and this is your primary means of formating drives.
You can find it in
accessories or by typing disk utility in the dash.
Drives are displayed
at the left of the screen, internal HDD first, then DVD's and removable
media at the bottom.
Simply click on the device or drive you want to
work on and unmount it.
Select Format, choose your preferred file system, name the
disk and click format.
Which filesystem should you use?
There are many filesystems to choose from but if you are not sure, here is a simple guide.
If you intend to connect the device to non Linux systems such as your xbox, ps3, tv or winodws then use FAT32.
If it is a back up drive or such to be used only on Linux systems then use EXT4 and take ownership of the filesystem.
If you are formating a memory card for a device (camera, psp, phone) then it is best to use the device to format it.