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Old 11-16-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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Format external 750GB HD in Windows for linux

Hi I have a DVR running CentOS 4.5 and need to backup alot of data from it.
I have a brand new maxtor 750GB External USB Hard drive that I want to back it up to. Linux sees the hard drive fine but when it tries to mount it, it comes up sayin this kernel doesnt support it. Unfortunatly I can't upgrade the kernel so I was wondering if there was a way to format the external hard drive on a windows box so linux can read/write to it. Also if possible that it will read in windows also but not a must.
Any suggestions or guidlines would be much appreciated.
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Just format it from Linux, then.

mkfs.vfat /dev/xxx

where xxx is the device/partition you wish to format.

Become root.

After you plug the drive in, do dmesg; that should tell
you what device it is (most likely some /dev/sdX ). After
that do an fdisk -l which will show you the drives partitioning
scheme ...

Old 11-16-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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Good Topic

I formatted my 250 gig external hd to FAT. So I could use it on Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux. Just a suggestion.


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