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 Post subject: Q. What format for an external hard drive Windows and Linux
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:52 am 
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QUESTION: What format should i use for an external hard drive that will be used on both Windows and Linux?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 746AAHjRle

i am currently using fat32 because it works on both platforms but its a 500 gig hard drive and fat32 just doesn't seem like the best choice for such a large drive. i tried ntfs but My Linux Distro had problems reading it. are there any better formats that run great on both platforms or am i stuck using fat32?

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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 746AAHjRle

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There is no need to change file format at all. In Windows, a peripheral as the storage/back up side drive plugs into the USB port and is called "Plug and Play" and first run may take a driver install and is generally automatic or software with the drive may be included.

In Linux it is basically the same thing and is called "hotplugging" instead of plug and play (Windows). It is much faster than windooooze with Linux and is ready to go.

Fat32 is always recommended !

Linux Hotplugging
http://linux-hotplug.sourceforge.net/
Starting with kernel 2.4 (in January 2001), hotplugging became a standard feature of GNU/Linux. It's been backported to kernel 2.2 (for USB), and kernel 2.6 makes it ...

Hotplug - LQWiki - LinuxQuestions.org
http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Hotplug
To hotplug, or hotplugging, means plugging a hardware device of some kind into a running computer and having it work without requiring a reboot of the computer.
Source(s):
http://www.linux-usb.org/usb-admin.html
http://linux.die.net/man/8/hotplug
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocente ... intro.html


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