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Old 08-03-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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Question 2TB WD My Passport question


I purchased a 2TB WD My Passport external USB drive. It works fine with windows but not my Centos 6.2. I Googled and found articles that said I had to format to FAT32 because Linux doesn't like NTFS. I did that but now the Centos does not even recognize the drive. More Googling revealed I was too quick to act as I found an article on adding NTFS to my Centos using "yum install ntfs-3g". I did and it sees my old 1TB Passport just fine but I still cannot see the 2TB. Any suggestions before I make it worse?
 
Old 08-03-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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why don't you run gparted and convert it back to ntfs. Newer linux distros should read ntfs naturally. But if you want real experiance (expecially on linux)format it to ext4.
 
Old 08-03-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Passport that works flawlessly with Mageia and Mint (the only distros that I've tested it with). I have left it NTFS because the computer I use with sometimes gets booted into Windows.

CentOS, like some other distros (Debian for one), doesn't seem to come out-of-the-box with NTFS drivers. They can, however, be installed from the repos.

http://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks/NTFS
 
Old 08-05-2014, 11:14 AM   #4
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I usually NUKE TO ORBIT any partition(s) supplied on the drive and format it using Linux-native tools.
After that process, never any trouble.
YMMV
 
Old 08-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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I usually NUKE TO ORBIT any partition(s) supplied on the drive and format it using Linux-native tools.
After that process, never any trouble.
YMMV
Same here. I even have about 6 2 TB WD My Passport drives running just dandy with some embedded Linux systems.

Open box
Plug into Linux machine
Use fdisk/parted to delete any and all partitions
Create a new partition
Format it ext3/4
Done
 
Old 08-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #6
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I usually NUKE TO ORBIT any partition(s) supplied on the drive and format it using Linux-native tools.
I've never had to do that to get a drive to work with Linux, as long as the distro I was using had NTFS drivers installed, though I can see doing it to nuke some of the pre-configured junk that comes on some drives.

Just today I partitioned a new blank 3TB drive (and I mean blank--it didn't even have a partition table) which I had bought from a member of my LUG because he decided to go RAID. I put two NTFS partitions on it using gparted and it works great with both sides of my Mageia/Windows box. It still will not work with my Debian computer because I haven't installed NTFS drivers to Debian because why bother.
 
  


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