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Hello again The NTFS Drive is shared among many computers and all of them use Windows in them for backup of files. I get premission to use this drive when ...
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    Hello again

    The NTFS Drive is shared among many computers
    and all of them use Windows in them for backup of files.
    I get premission to use this drive when I go on trips
    to keep all of my photo's that I take. The laptop
    has like only a 10 gig drive.

    Would a format with a FAT filesystem work in the drive and allow
    me to acess and save these files?

    Also the laptop is old it does not run any live CD's
    although I would have wanted to try Knoppix but
    knowing it is a live cd, it could just not work. I tried
    the Mepis live and the Ubuntu live. With finding out you
    can not open a menu with it.

    I would have like to use my main linux distro
    Ubuntu but the labtop will not run it very will
    at all.


    I know that Win 98 can not read or write to
    NTFS external drives. ALthough I found a program
    that works and does the job.


    In part I will see if I can get premission with
    the drive format to be Fat filesystem.

    I would really like to stay with linux.

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    I have a networked 120GB USB drive that's formatted FAT32 that I use as the common storage drive for my computers, all can read/write to the drive.

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    Also if I do get permission to format the drive
    I am sure that I will.

    How would I go about mounting it to act the a
    normal hardrive as in windows.

    The Drive is connect via USB and is a maxtor 200 Gig.


    Thanks

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    All the Distro's I've tried a USB drive is automatically mounted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer2000
    The Drive is connect via USB and is a maxtor 200 Gig.
    Do NOT format this drive with FAT32. FAT32 is basically limited to 127gig partitions.

    Basically, for a drive this size there isn't a happy solution for storage which will work with both Linux and Windows. Personally, I'd set up the laptop to dual boot (a bit of a squeeze with just 10 gigs, but certainly doable--especially if the Windows side is a basic Windows 98 setup). When on vacation, I'd boot into Windows to do the file transfers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacKuo
    Do NOT format this drive with FAT32. FAT32 is basically limited to 127gig partitions.
    FAT32 supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q154997/

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    I wouldn't do it, because Microsoft's scandisk and defrag utilities won't work correctly with a partition greater than 127gigs in size.

    Since the original poster still uses Windows 98, at least some of the time, I just don't see the risk of data corruption worth it. (Windows 98 will run scandisk automatically under certain circumstances.)
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    Thanks for the input

    I think I will format the drive to fat 32.
    If it works in linux, I will be happy, if not,
    I guess I will have to put in win98.

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    i think if you can format the drive to FAT32, this will solve the problem, it may take a little tweaking to get read/write access, but that's just very simple stuff that can be explained in a coupleof minutes.

    I've posted various things here about writing to a FAT partition on these forums, just take a quick look round, it's just a change to the /etc/fstab file (if the distro dont set it up correctly)
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    Before I undergo the formating
    of the external drive. I would like to know
    if any one has tried the program Captive.
    If you have, did you have sucess in getting it
    to see the NTFS drive.

    Here is the Web address
    http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/

    Also if any of you guys know how to install this
    could you please tell me.

    Thanks

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