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I have bought an external USB disc enclosure and fitted an old disk in it. I would like to use it read write both with Linux (Suse 8.2) and Windows XP. It will hold video files which will be large, so FAT32 will not be suitable.
I had found writeups about UDF as a cross platform format. I installed the UDFTools package. Then I partitioned the disc using FDISK and run MKUDFFS to create a file system, then mounted the volume with MOUNT -T UDF. This appeared to work and certainly I can copy data over under Linux - qute fast too. A concern is that the partition type defaults to 83 (Linux native) and I can't find a type for UDF (since UDF is mainly used for CDs and DVDs).
But I have not been successful in getting the disc to be seen by Windows XP. If I leave the type as 83 then Disc Manager sees a volume with an unknown type. I tried forcing the partition type to NTFS and then XP sees the volume but can't read it.
Can anybody suggest a solution? There is a product called Disc Drive Tuneup which is primarily for Macs but appears to do what I want, but it's $. I feel if I can get the Linux side right I should be able to get XP to access the data.
I have seen same problem on my systems.
If you have separate disk or USB-drive without other partitions you can use whole drive. Like /dev/sde (no /dev/sde1). That is recognized by Windows. But if you do need to have separate partition it should be type 06 (FAT16) as I have read somewhere.
I love UDF when working with Windows and Linux computers and shared media without FAT restrictions.