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Old 05-17-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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reformatting external drive... bad idea?


I just bought a WD Mybook 320GB external hard drive. It came with FAT32. Will it crash if I changed it to NTFS? Or even, what i really wanna do is have 2 partitions, one being EXT3 and the other NTFS.

The reason I ask is, because I don't know how its firmware works and I don't want to erase it...

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Old 05-18-2008, 02:02 AM   #2
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You can partition and format it any way you want and it's partitions will be visible by all able to see/read them.
 
Old 05-18-2008, 10:07 AM   #3
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cool

yea man im gonna do 2 one NTFS the other EXT3
 
Old 05-18-2008, 02:27 PM   #4
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Try to run GParted. It doesn't erase firmware. If it detects the drive, you can partition it, modify existing partition (shrink or delete it) and create new partition(s). Don't forget to backup any data you want to keep from the drive.

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Old 05-18-2008, 02:55 PM   #5
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ok will give it a try later
 
Old 05-19-2008, 05:28 AM   #6
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Too lazy too look up the model... is it a USB drive? I use a couple of them and repartitioned and formatted them in EXT3.

Simply cfdisk and mkfs. The machines to which they are attached do not have a GUI, but command line works fine.

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