[ale] [OT] External USB drives

Greg Canter gcanter at speedfactory.net
Thu Jul 12 22:18:18 EDT 2007

IIRC, only MS Windows has the 4GB limitation for formatting a drive with
FAT32 ? you can use Linux to format the entire drive FAT32 so it is
compatible with all major systems if you want.  That is how several drives
are formatted that I have purchased ? they are in the FAT32 format and they
most definitely are greater than 4GB.

- Greg Canter

On 7/12/07 1:15 PM, "Steve Brown" <braino420 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 7/12/07, Paul Cartwright <paul_tbot at pcartwright.com> wrote:
>> fat32 file system.. SO, I should either delete the partition and create 2
>> partitions, one for my laptop & one for th desktop, or just do it
>> file-by-file. I really wanted to ghost it, but I'm sure that will run up
>> against the same file size limitation.
> Get rid of the fat32 partition, it's going to do more harm than good. Not only
> because of the 4GB limit, but also because you need a good stable /journaling/
> fs if you're going to be using this to backup your data. I like the idea of
> two partitions, but for different reasons. As someone suggested on this list
> awhile ago, have one very small fat32 partition that only holds the winders
> drivers for the ext2/ext3 fs, and then just make the rest ext3. You really
> don't even need the small partition if this will be for your own personal use
> (I believe the person who suggested this needed to be able to share with
> relatives), just install the drivers and you're done. Sure sounds better than
> copying file-by-file *cringe*
> HTH,
> Steve B
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