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Old 12-21-2005, 09:34 AM   #1
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how to use xp-formatted HD under suse?

hi all,

Last weekend I installed suse on a system that I want to use as a little server. It had 1 HD which i let format when I installed suse. I setted this system up as a sambaserver. On this HD that is on this server I created a directory /data/ which I can now access from my other (windows) pcs. So far so good ...

I added a 2nd HD to this server (which was formatted under windows). The KDE environment recognizes this HD, but now I want to create on hd a new directory (for ex /data2/) so I can access this also from my other (windows) pcs.

Till now I always try to create the directories directly from a root shell. But when I create a new directory, it will be created by default on my 1st HD. How can I force it to be created on my new HD? I assume I have to format it first within my suse environment?

ps: little resumé:

HD1 : 60Gb, formatted under linux when installing suse (contains system suse + directory /data/

HD2 : 250Gb, formatted under windows (should contain only directory /data2/)

hope anyone out there can help me,


Old 12-21-2005, 10:57 AM   #2
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To educate you a little

Windows uses NTFS (new technology file system) on all their newer boxes unless you specify that you do not want to use it. You can use Fat32 on your servers but it has no advantages(maybe one... but yeah). Linux cannot interface with NTFS. It can see it and sometimes understand what it is, but it cannot do anything with it. Saying that, that means that any partition you have that is formatted with NTFS cannot be used by Linux. Linux has to have its own filesystem to interface with. You are going to need to partition and format your 2nd drive with a Linux filesystem (the one you used on your first hard drive preferably) so that you may start storing files on that partition.
Old 12-21-2005, 11:34 AM   #3
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What version of SuSe do you have installed?

Well if you wanna experiment a bit with writing to a NTFS partition go here:

NTFS writing is disabled per default (in SuSe 10) because it's still experimental.

Go here to read about the tools & download:

More info plus files here:

Hope it works out
Old 12-21-2005, 11:36 AM   #4
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Linux interacts(reads/writes) quite nicely with most file systems including fat 16, fat32, ext/2/3, and reiserfs. Linux reads NTFS fine but will not write to it unless you use Captive NTFS(linux program).

I have recently tried the JFS file system in one distro. Other distros using alternate file systems do not recognize jfs.

I'm not sure about reiserfs4 or Xfs.
Old 12-22-2005, 08:12 AM   #5
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ok, thanks all for the info,

I just formatted the drive under linux and everything works ok now


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