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Old 12-19-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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How do I format and mount an external hard drive?

I have just bougt a cheap case for my 320GB hard drive.
The case is an "Icy Box IB360"

The disk will primarely be used on my Linux boxes, but
I also want to be able to use it on windows. So I think
ext2 is OK...... or?

My disk is unformated, how do I format it?

What is the best way to mount the disk on my
linux boxes? (Debian and Ununtu)
Old 12-19-2006, 07:05 PM   #2
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If you want to have equal access to files from both Linux and Windows, FAT32 is about your only option. Windows does not have native support for ext2/3. Unfortunately, FAT32 will mean a loss of any permissions and ownership attributes from Linux, but on a single-user system, that's not the end of the world.


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