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Old 10-12-2004, 07:34 AM   #1
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External USB backup


I back up my Windows PC's in two ways:

1. I have a set of external USB2 80G harddrives that I rotate between my home/studio and offsite onto which I do regular backups. Because the USB2 connection is faster than my wireless network, I sneakernet the drive to each PC and run its backup script.

2. I have a USB2 Memorex True8X DVD writer that I also use to write backup DVD's, mostly of image data from my studio PC (I'm a photographer) , but I also pass it around to the other PC's sometimes.

What are my options with Linux? My external HD's are formatted with NTFS - can they be mounted on my Linux system?

Are there appropriate drivers for my Memorex DVD writer?
 
Old 10-12-2004, 08:55 AM   #2
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My external HD's are formatted with NTFS - can they be mounted on my Linux system?
No, linux cannot write to NTFS disks. It can read from them but it is not enough for you I guess.
Consider reformating to FAT32, it is ok with both linux and windows.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 09:57 AM   #3
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No, linux cannot write to NTFS disks. It can read from them but it is not enough for you I guess.
Consider reformating to FAT32, it is ok with both linux and windows.
No, the backup utilities I use create really big files (they basically take the whole backup set and create one huge, compressed, encrypted file). Bigger than 4gig, which is the Fat32 limit.

I suppose I could create 2 partitions on my external HD - one NTFS and one FAT32.
 
  


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