Originally Posted by Chris Perry
I bought a new external hard drive with the software installed for running it but don't know how to load this on my notebook?
Any software that came in the drive is likely to be Windows stuff and will be useless and unnecessary in Linux.
It is also likely to be unnecessary in Windows; Windows will likely see it just fine without your having to install anything. Persons who make stuff for Windows feel like they have to maintain the mystery by packing stuff with unneeded executables, tray icons, and other superfluous--er--stuff.
I have two external USB drives.
One has Windows software on it. It works just fine under Linux without extra software--the Windows software just lies there; if I delete it, the firmware recreates it. (I left it at default formatting because from time to time I have to plug it into a Windows box.)
The other came NTFS and I reformatted it into two ext3 partitions after verifying that the hardware worked and was visible to Linux. It also works just fine with Linux without any extra software. (I do not expect to ever plug this one into a Windows computer).