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    Ubuntu on external hard drive FAT32?


    At my house, we have a PC running Windows and a Mac (OSX)
    I have just purchased a 120 gig external hard drive.
    I would like to:

    Install Ubuntu on the external hard drive
    Be able to read and write on mac, pc and ubuntu for file storage
    Have support for files larger than 4gb

    So what I'm planning on doing is, have 2 partitions, fat32 and ntfs.
    NTFS just for files larger than 4gb.
    FAT32 for ubuntu and files to be shared between mac, windows and ubuntu.

    So I have a few questions:
    Would Ubuntu be fast enough on USB?
    Can I install Ubuntu on a FAT32 partition? (If this cannot be done, I will have to also have an ext3 partition)
    Can anyone think of a better way to do things, or have any suggestions?
    Thanks

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    You cannot install Ubuntu on a FAT32 partition.

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    Too slow on USB?

    Thanks for the help.
    I suppose I will have to have an ext3 partition too.
    Am I correct that Ubuntu can read and write to FAT32?
    Does anyone know if speed would be an issue running Ubuntu off USB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris99
    Am I correct that Ubuntu can read and write to FAT32?
    Yes it can, but as asysiu I doubt you can install it on a FAT32 partition.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris99
    Does anyone know if speed would be an issue running Ubuntu off USB?
    Not as fast as on a internal hard drive for sure, but it should decent (on USB 2), depending of the hard drive you have in that external enclosure.

    Here is a little how-to (for Breezy, should be similar for Dapper) :
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=80811
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

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    Thanks for the help!
    Also thanks for posting that how-to.
    Looks like I would have had no idea how to do it otherwise!

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