Formatting for external hard drives

November 21, 2017 at 17:33:32
Specs: Ubuntustudio 16.04, unknown/8gb
Hi I have a external hard drive that needs formatting and i use gparted. I often get confused over which things to choose as many are not ideal. So the hard drive can mount in any system. Also ext 4 tends to not be usable after. I cant transfer anything to it in linux. Pasting not possible. This is an external hard drive i gave to a friend and she said it didnt mount. What did actually happen i will never know as she is not good at describing anything. Cant get her to tell me when she is actually in front of computer and drive

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November 21, 2017 at 19:52:08
Why not format as NTFS? Then it can be read by both Linux & Windows.

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November 22, 2017 at 03:28:56
I dont remember seeing that in the selection. Its ok because i got on a windows machine just now and formatted to NTFS ...seems to be ok but wont be able to test on the laptop it will be doing backups with for a while. I am waiting for a bios battery before i can use the external with the laptop

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