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Old 01-17-2009, 04:01 PM
Doug Pollard
Default external hard drives

This will likely drive you nuts. On my dual boot xp and Ubuntu system
Xp was not able to see my external hard drive with media on it in (MY
Computer). I was able to reformat it in XP but it damage Xp somehow. I
copied the media to my second drive with Ubuntu on it. I also copied it
too my second external drive. I then tried to reformat the external
drive from Fat 32 to Ntfs. Gparted would not allow me to reformat
Ntfs. Since xp could not see the drive I installed windows on it using
the CD knowing it would not run there but that Xp would then be able to
see the drive. I had developed an error in XP on the first drive and
doing a repair install would not fix it. I did a complete new install.
Now It did not give me the option to open Ubuntu on the second drive. I
reinstalled Ubuntu. I of course lost the media on the second hard drive
but since it was backed up on the second external drive it did not
matter. Now I have to reinstall Cinelerra and all my other media
editing programs. I also have to install skype and Wacom's Bamboo in
Xp. Up to this point everything now seems to work.
Had I a better understanding of working in the terminal I likely
would have been able to get these programs working in Ubuntu. My
computer is 64 bit so there is more than just a quick install. Had I
tried to do that It would have likely taken a lot more time and would
likely have screwed up Ubuntu beyond all hope and had to reinstall a
couple times anyway.

Thanks to all who tried to help me with
this. Doug

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