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Old 03-19-2017, 08:29 AM   #1
Garoolgan
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Information on a connectedexternal HDD


Hi,

In my haste in finally making the big step from OSX I plugged in a HDD and started Backup. I've tried the big step before but for one reason or another always had to go back to OSX.

How do I now find out how big that HDD I plugged in is please?

I know that I should have checked all this before but.........

Thanks in advance, I can't find the answer on your site nor on the Internet.

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Old 03-19-2017, 02:52 PM   #2
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Google your disk model?
 
Old 03-19-2017, 05:54 PM   #3
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GUI ?. Right click on the disk and (probably) "Properties".
CLI ?. "lsblk" and look for type "disk".
 
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:15 PM   #4
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Hi & WELCOME BACK to LQ! I have a few thoughts to offer... 'ForWhatIt'sWorth'
IF you still have the "old MacBook Pro" with Ubu, from 1.1yr ago
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...kes-4175571653
it might be interesting to TRY plugging it in there, to do fdisk/lsblk like above (+1 #3).

Yes, backups are -GOOD-! Be careful (even experienced people have accidentally overwritten wrong drive)!

One way ['safe&easy'] to 'fully run' Linux ON-top of OSX is VirtualBox.
This allows you to experiment, while still having a running web-browser, to web-search.
(A 'plug' for web-searching any&all things!)
OSX isn't as '....' as M$/Win10, so -I- wouldn't be in such a hurry to get rid of it
And OSX 'has/is' 'Unix' (I exaggerate): try a *WEB-SEARCH* of:
Quote:
osx fdisk external disk
Update: OSX appears to call it `diskutil list`, per this 1st result.

ENJOY! Looking forward to hearing how your Linux 'journey' goes! Best wishes always.

Last edited by Jjanel; 03-19-2017 at 07:13 PM.
 
Old 03-20-2017, 04:12 AM   #5
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Yes right click on Properties = OK

Thanks syg00,

Adding "Free Space" and "Used" gives you a rough idea of what you have plugged in.

I was trying to find the equivalent of OS "Disk Utilities", old habits die hard!

While I'm on the subject, having worked for years in computing I am therefore very wary of losing data. Does anyone have a recommendation for a second type of backup that I can run alongside "Backup"? I was using CCC in OSX but even though I cried on the shoulder of www.Bombich.com they wouldn't make a Linux version for me!

Garoolgan
 
  


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