USB external Hard Disk Drive & Linux
Has anyone ever had any experience of connecting a USB (or Firewire) external Hard Disk Drive device to a Linux system?
I want to do this with a 320GB LaCie d2 QUADRA device for backup purposes - SuSE Linux 10.2. Reading the manual on the LaCie web-site, I get the impression that it can only be used with Windows and Mac OS 10 - presumably because it is formatted as NTFS (which is not normally supported by Linux).
I suspect that if one were to reformat it as ext3, ReiserFS or whatever, it should work. However, I would like to know before I shell out for one.
Any feedback much appreciated.
LaCie USB disks work with Linux but are unsupported.
I sent the following query to LaCie:
They replied as follows:
Since the LaCie disks seem to work with Linux, is there any particular reason that you seem to make absolutely no mention of Linux on your web-site, in any documentation or on any packaging?
What a sad state of affairs :(
Because there is no support for Linux on many of our products. If we supported them we would let you know what you needed and how to get the drive to work. There is not much that is special about Linux to get external drives to work, but we would have to do a lot of changes to say we support Linux.