Originally Posted by mpdickson
I just installed a Maxtor 500 GB external USB drive onto my Linux machine. Linux sees the drive but will not let me transfer files over to it. Do I need to format it? Thanks for any help.
Well, the external case/hdd combo I got had both USB and ethernet - there should (theoretically) be instructions on how to access it in the book that probably came with the case.
Something like a user interface that needs (maybe) a user name and password, then maybe theres some tools that allow you to format the drive. It depends on the case/chipset on what formats you can actually format the hard drive as. My one only allows me to format as FAT32 or the Mac format - which is why I don't use it (actually I installed the hard drive into my system because my old one died) as FAT32 only allows files of 4gb and my music file is about 38 gigs!
So if it shows up on your desktop, click it and see what happens.
Hopefully that will point you in the right direction?
p.s. Oh and if may also be the case that you have to have your user in a certain group to make use of the drive - something like backup??? You could try to see if your user a/c is in the right group by doing "groups" in a console (well I think thats how it's done - though there should be a way of checking that in your graphical desktop/control centre/whatever it is that you're using calls it.