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Old 04-04-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question External USB hard disk with Linux


If I plan in buying an external HD to use with my Linux OS, what are the chances that it will not work?

Should I research this first, or do all external HD devices work with Linux?
 
Old 04-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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All external harddrives work with linux, AFAIK
 
Old 04-04-2008, 11:57 PM   #3
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Hi,
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If I plan in buying an external HD to use with my Linux OS, what are the chances that it will not work?

Should I research this first, or do all external HD devices work with Linux?
What type are you wanting to use as a external drive possibly a USB, SCSI or NAS?

Most modern Linux distributions will provide support for external drives via USB, SCSI and NAS.
 
Old 04-05-2008, 08:46 AM   #4
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USB connection:

http://www.alternate.es/html/product...Z2&baseId=3690
 
Old 04-05-2008, 09:25 AM   #5
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You will probably have better luck with usb drives in Linux than in Windows. At work I needed to boot up a laptop into Mandrake Linux because the win2003 server didn't recognize a noname usb thumb drive. ( It was a freebee disney thumbdrive from NAB )
 
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I don't know if you are interested in booting Linux from your USB drive, but, if you are, that, too, is possible. I have two Fedora 8 distributions on USB drives, one 80GB 2.5" drive and one 250GB 3.5 drive, that will boot if the BIOS in the system into which they are connected supports booting from removable media. (Note: In order to get a bootable USB Fedora, it's easiest to install from a Fedora Live CD, although the Fedora repositories contain the necessary tools for creating the boot sector information on the USB drive "by hand" if you want to take that route.)

One of these days, when they're cheaper, I'm going to see if I can get a bootable Linux system on a 4GB USB RAM stick.
 
Old 04-05-2008, 03:09 PM   #7
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I am currently using an external HD which has both USB 2 and Firewire 1394.
I personally find that the Firewire runs better than the USB connection.
It has a better sustained transfer rate and when I have other USB devices plugged in at the same time it does not slow down or pause.
As for ESATA, I haven't tried it since I don't have one.

So I would recommend getting an external HD with multiple connectors eg USB+1394, USB+Esata, USB+NAS, etc!

Also the drives with "one-touch" backup features may not work in Linux as it tends to load a driver on the PC, which tends to be Window$ only (you can still use the HD though)!
Unless someone has a Linux equivalent.
 
  


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