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Old 08-14-2004, 11:09 AM   #1
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External Hard Drive


Hello!
I was wondering if linux could support external usb hard drives.
I havn't bought one yet, but when i do i plan to use both with linux
and windows. Can it be used for both on one partition?
I have Fedora core 2 Linux.
Thanks for your help!

Sloik
 
Old 08-14-2004, 11:41 AM   #2
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i bought a maxtor one touch and it works in linux. i think you need the 2.6 kernel though. about the partitions, if it is a fat partition both linux and windows will be able to read and write to it.
 
Old 08-14-2004, 06:38 PM   #3
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Ok, I'll look for a Maxtor product. About the fat partition... I have a fat32 partition and i was wondering how you can see it! In Konquerer it shows three hard drives, Hard disk [/], Hard disk (hda3) [/], and Hard disk [/var/lib/nfs/rpc_pipefs].
All of them show the same files except for the third., and i know those arent the files i have on my partition.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 04:52 PM   #4
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you can add a line to /etc/fstab like this:

/dev/hdX /mnt/xxxxx vfat noauto,user 0 0

you can find the value for hdX is by typing cfdisk in the terminal which will list all the partitions.
xxxxx is arbitrary.

substitute the appropriate values for X, then in terminal type

cd /mnt
mkdir xxxxx (you might need to be root)
mount xxxxx

at this point the contents of hdX will be shown in the /mnt/xxxxx directory.

umount xxxxx (in the /mnt directory will unmount the partition)
 
Old 08-17-2004, 02:40 PM   #5
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I Get this...

Quote:
[root@Fedora hayden]# cfdisk
bash: cfdisk: command not found
and i found that when i do this: "cat /proc/filesystems" i get this...
Quote:
[root@Fedora hayden]# cat /proc/filesystems
nodev sysfs
nodev rootfs
nodev bdev
nodev proc
nodev sockfs
nodev binfmt_misc
nodev usbfs
nodev usbdevfs
nodev futexfs
nodev tmpfs
nodev pipefs
nodev eventpollfs
nodev devpts
ext2
nodev ramfs
nodev hugetlbfs
iso9660
nodev mqueue
ext3
nodev rpc_pipefs
nodev autofs
and i don't see fat in there.

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