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07-22-2011 03:45 PM

how to format a usb hard drive for use with linux or windows
 
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> From: "glenn opdycke-hansen" <glennoph@gmail.com>
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> Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 8:07:53 AM
> Subject: how to format a usb hard drive for use with linux or windows
> Is there a way to format an external hard disk that uses a USB
> connection?
> I want to format it from Ubuntu system and use it on either windows or
> linux.
> Thanks!
>
> I have been able to format it from Ubuntu and use it on linux, but
> unable to connect to the external storage from windows system.

You will need to format it as NTFS. Can be done using gparted. Here is a link about doing it on Hardy. I imagine it's all still valid.

http://maketecheasier.com/how-to-reformat-an-external-hard-drive-to-ntfs-format-in-ubuntu-hardy/2008/09/29


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Avi Greenbury 07-22-2011 03:49 PM

how to format a usb hard drive for use with linux or windows
 
glenn opdycke-hansen wrote:
> I have been able to format it from Ubuntu and use it on linux, but
> unable to connect to the external storage from windows system.

You need to make sure it's either vfat or NTFS in general. Linux
supports these two Windowsy filesystem reasonably well, but Windows
wont do any Linux filesystem out of the box.

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Ray Leventhal 07-22-2011 04:11 PM

how to format a usb hard drive for use with linux or windows
 
On 7/22/2011 11:07 AM, glenn opdycke-hansen wrote:

Is there a way to format an external hard disk that uses a USB connection?
I want to format it from Ubuntu system and use it on either windows or linux.
Thanks!

I have been able to format it from Ubuntu and use it on linux, but
unable to connect to the external storage from windows system.

--glenn

While Ubuntu can read NTFS partitions using fuse, Windows can't work
with EXT2/3/4 file systems without help.


When I'm forced to work with Windows and need access to EXT2/3/4 file
systems, I use EXT2 Volume Manager [1].


HTH,
-Ray

[1] http://www.ext2fsd.com/?page_id=16
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glenn opdycke-hansen 07-22-2011 07:07 PM

how to format a usb hard drive for use with linux or windows
 
Thanks for the information. I used GParted to format the disk. Some
attempts resulted in the storage not being connected to windows and
would appear as a "protected partition".

However, this worked: Partitioning: Master Boot Record & Partition
Type: HPFS/NTFS (0x07)

--glenn



On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 11:11, Ray Leventhal <ubuntu@swhi.net> wrote:
> On 7/22/2011 11:07 AM, glenn opdycke-hansen wrote:
>>
>> Is there a way to format an external hard disk that uses a USB connection?
>> I want to format it from Ubuntu system and use it on either windows or
>> linux.
>> Thanks!
>>
>> I have been able to format it from Ubuntu and use it on linux, but
>> unable to connect to the external storage from windows system.
>>
>> --glenn
>>
> While Ubuntu can read NTFS partitions using fuse, Windows can't work with
> EXT2/3/4 file systems without help.
>
> When I'm forced to work with Windows and need access to EXT2/3/4 file
> systems, I use EXT2 Volume Manager [1].
>
> HTH,
> -Ray
>
> [1] http://www.ext2fsd.com/?page_id=16
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