extern hard drives

Doug Pollard dougpol1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 15 22:01:17 UTC 2009

jerry wrote:
> Doug Pollard wrote:
>> HI All,
>>     I have a dual boot system with xp and ubuntu8.04  running.  I also 
>> have two usb hard drives with media on them.  I formatted them with 
>> gparted as fat 32 with the thought that I would be able to read with 
>> ubuntu and xp.  Xp cannot see either drive. Does any one have any idea 
>> why Xp can't see the drives.  Xp is using ntfs should it be able to see 
>> and read fat 32 drives?? 
>>                                                  Doug
> If XP cannot see the drives in My Computer try to go in  XP to Control 
> Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management >Storage >Disk Management > 
> locate external usb drive.Sometimes the drive letters get messed up and 
> you have to manually assign a drive letter. Usually better to use the 
> letter J or higher.
> Hope this helps
> Jerry
   Jerry, Went back to XP and tried as you suggested and got one drive 
to show up I have not yet tried to save anything to it .  Marked the 
other drive as "M"  and looks ok in disk manager but does not show up in 
My computer.  I think there is something wrong with the formating that 
xp doesn't like???

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