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Old 02-14-2005, 07:25 AM   #1
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trouble format USB hard drive

I have a 20Gb USB hard drive that I am using to back up my family's data before Installing MEPIS on their computers, and I cannot seem to format it right. I am trying to format this USB hard drive and put a FAT32 partition on it, but fdisk never seems to write the partition correctly. It has an error about not being able to read the partition table after writing it.

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Jeremy Pedersen
Old 02-14-2005, 08:02 AM   #2
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Can you post the exact error? Honestly, it might be easier to just format the volume from a windows box if you want to go fat32, especially as some of the various windows 2k/xp revs have issues reading a Linux formated fat32, or at least I've seen that a number of times, and I've never ever gotten a Mac on OSX* to read a Linux formated and fdisk'd fat32 correctly. There's some voodoo there that its probably best to fall back to Doze on.




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