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Old 09-02-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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3TB External USB drive

I have an old Shuttle, used as a headless server, running Slackware 12.2.0.

I know there might be some limitations (32-bit vs 64-bit, older Slackware system), but I'm just wondering...

Is there anyway to make this 3TB Seagate GoFlex Desk external USB 3.0/2.0 hard drive work with my set-up?

It mounted fine on OSX, and I'm pretty sure it's formatted NTFS. I already mount NTFS external drives using "ntfs-3g" up to 1.5TB, but it's not liking the 3TB.

I would like to keep the drive formatted either NTFS or an OSX format, as I am hoping to migrate these drives to a MacMini whenever it's released.
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If the limitation is the size of the NTFS partition, you could make two or three instead of one. Gparted can handle that.
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Once you have it partitioned to your liking, you can put it in your /etc/fstab file and tell it to automount. It's best to do this using the UUID as the mount point. That will ensure that it always mounts on a reboot and that it is always has the same mountpoint.

Here's an entry from my fstab that mounts a partition on my external USB drive; the first line is the remarked out line that I used before I started using the UUID:

# /dev/sdb5       /media/sdb5     ext3    rw,user,auto    0      1
UUID=7900ade7-de36-41e5-88b5-2d7aaa8adcd4       /media/sdb5     ext3    rw,user,auto    0      1
This article gives a very clear explanation of how to determine the UUID:

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by LOLobo View Post
Is there anyway to make this 3TB Seagate GoFlex Desk external USB 3.0/2.0 hard drive work with my set-up?
If the disk is 3TB in size, then it cannot possibly be formatted as a traditional MBR disk (assuming it uses 512-byte sectors), but it must be set up with a GPT ("GUID Partition Table") instead. I haven't used GPT disks yet, but I have only just begun to research to subject because I would like to try to get a 3-TB disk working.

For starters, could you connect the disk to your computer, and then use the fdisk command to list its partitions? That is, as root, run something like
fdisk -l /dev/sdX
(where “sdX”—obviously—identifies the disk in question).

If, as I suspect, the disk is indeed set up with a GPT instead of an MBR, then I think it will show a single 2-TB partition. I would be very much interested to see the output, so I would be grateful if you could post it here.

In any case, for a detailed explanation on GPT, I suggest you check the GPT fdisk tutorial.


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