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Old 12-11-2008, 06:08 AM   #1
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Wink Terra-Bytes


Hi,

Ok, I just got me a iomega external HD of 1Tb, and Linux does see the device but cannot mount it. In the message there's something about ntfs, so I suspect that the drive will need a reformat.
How do I do that?
I've gotten (excellent) help on perma-mounting it, the prepping, may prove to be annother hurdle.
I got the drive because I need to move over to F10 (F8's updates could dry out any time soon, so...) and I may need to safeguard my stuff.
If I need to do a clean install (no upgrade - in case that fails) do I simply put my data back?
Tnx 4 helpin' out...

Wellness!

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Old 12-11-2008, 06:20 AM   #2
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Look there to read about an ntfs linux driver:
http://www.ntfs-3g.org/

However, if you are using linux, it might be a much better idea to reformat the drive to a linux files system. You can use the program called 'gparted' or a command line utility called 'fdisk'.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 06:50 AM   #3
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Ok,

Big TNX!!!

So the drive is not a total loss...

I'll sniff out fdisk...

Tnx!

Thor
 
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Hi,

I would suggest that you create at least one 'ntfs' partition to share between your OS. That way if you want to share then files can be moved between M$ or GNU/Linux. That is of course if you use M$ along with the GNU/Linux.
 
Old 12-12-2008, 05:07 AM   #5
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That is...if I still want to shuttle between the two...and the answer is: no. I'm cutting the ms thing off all the way for my personal OS. And the sharing is done with USB stick, that way, I dont have to "open up"...besides...I believe in "one PC - one OS"... ;-)

(that could explain the crazy mutlitude of active PC's in my office...sigh...)

I've been MANning on FDISK, and PARTED. It seems the latter is better at understanding large lumps of disk, I ran a parted -l and it saw the ntfs @ 1000Gb...

BTW : there is a note for MAC users in the quickstart, and it's about ... reformatting the drive. So, I'll reformat the thing...once I know how...

Grtz!

Thor
 
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You might also want to try cfdisk.

Quote:
So, I'll reformat the thing...once I know how...
You could just delete the partitions(s) that are on the external drive and create
new one(s) - it'll write a filesystem of your choice onto them (eg. ext3, xfs, etc)
 
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Hi,
Quote:
Originally Posted by linusr@flanders View Post
That is...if I still want to shuttle between the two...and the answer is: no. I'm cutting the ms thing off all the way for my personal OS. And the sharing is done with USB stick, that way, I dont have to "open up"...besides...I believe in "one PC - one OS"... ;-)

(that could explain the crazy mutlitude of active PC's in my office...sigh...)

I've been MANning on FDISK, and PARTED. It seems the latter is better at understanding large lumps of disk, I ran a parted -l and it saw the ntfs @ 1000Gb...

BTW : there is a note for MAC users in the quickstart, and it's about ... reformatting the drive. So, I'll reformat the thing...once I know how...

Grtz!

Thor
What in the man pages signify the handling of large "lumps of disk"? 'fdisk' has been noted that dumping partition table to a file is missing but to partition a device via blocks should not be a problem. I would reboot after writing the partition table with either one. That way the kernel partition table would be updated with the new table.

As for the M$ partition, I always provide a small portion of hdd space to a 'NTFS' partition. I can't do a 'back to the future' because my flux capacitor is shot therefore I may need the space for a client or even myself.
 
  


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