how to format a usb hard drive for use with linux or windows

glenn opdycke-hansen glennoph at
Fri Jul 22 19:07:14 UTC 2011

Thanks for the information.  I used GParted to format the disk.  Some
attempts resulted in the storage not being connected to windows and
would appear as a "protected partition".

However, this worked:  Partitioning: Master Boot Record & Partition
Type: HPFS/NTFS (0x07)


On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 11:11, Ray Leventhal <ubuntu at> wrote:
> On 7/22/2011 11:07 AM, glenn opdycke-hansen wrote:
>> Is there a way to format an external hard disk that uses a USB connection?
>> I want to format it from Ubuntu system and use it on either windows or
>> linux.
>> Thanks!
>> I have been able to format it from Ubuntu and use it on linux, but
>> unable to connect to the external storage from windows system.
>> --glenn
> While Ubuntu can read NTFS partitions using fuse, Windows can't work with
> EXT2/3/4 file systems without help.
> When I'm forced to work with Windows and need access to EXT2/3/4 file
> systems, I use EXT2 Volume Manager [1].
> HTH,
> -Ray
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