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Old 09-23-2008, 05:42 AM   #1
rabryant60
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Smile reaccess in g an external hard drive used as a linux restart disk


i decided to reformat my mini laptop back to original defaults using supplied linux fedora disk, since there is no disk drive in machine i used the disc to make a usb copy (just over 1Gb) on a different machine writing to my external hard drive. This reinstall worked successfully but now this external hdd is not recognised by a windows xp desktop. I cant see it to reformat it, how is it possible to reformat it somehow or even repartition it so as to be able to load windows programs on it and keep the reformat in case i need it again. no unix linux experience to speak of
 
Old 09-23-2008, 08:03 AM   #2
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You trying to reformat it with Windows but Windows can't see it?

This needs Windows expertise presumably. It used to be done with fdisk but if nothing Windowsy can see it at all....

Were it me I'd plug it into something using Linux and then use Parted or Gparted, don't know if this will cope with the filesystem needed.

Use a live CD such as Ubuntu to turn a box into a Linux machine temporarily, without changing anything, if necessary.
 
Old 09-23-2008, 08:20 AM   #3
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You probably only have Linux filesystems on the disk. Gparted is probably the best way to go.
Resize your partitions leaving room for a FAT32 or NTFS partition.
 
  


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