External drives

Doug dmcgarrett at optonline.net
Wed Feb 23 09:40:50 UTC 2011

On 02/23/2011 04:21 AM, plberd-kubuntu at yahoo.com.ar wrote:
>>> On Sunday, February 20, 2011 05:24:49 PM Neil Winchurst wrote:
>>>> I have been told that a good idea for back-ups is to use an external
>>>> hard drive. Do they all work with Kubuntu and does anyone have any
>>>> helpful suggestions please? There are so many on the market it is very
>>>> confusing.
>>>> TIA
>>>> Neil
>>> Yes, any of them should work just fine. Though some may come with windows-
>>> based backup helper software installed, they amount to really, really big
>>> thumb drives as far as Kubuntu is concerned :) They probably are all
>> formatted
>>> in FAT32 so it is just a  matter of plugging it in and having it show in the
>>> device notifier
>>> clay
>> Thanks for that. I could reformat the drive I suppose. Which would be
>> better, NTFS or Ext4?
>> Neil
> It all depends, are you going to use it on Windows too? If yes, then you don't
> really have a choice: NTFS but it's not that greate if you need linux
> permissions. If you don't care about Windows ext file systems are what you need,
> they work really good and have a lot of useful features.
> PL
Look at :  

for some useful information about reading extx filesystems from Win7.  
Read the comments also.


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