[ale] [OT] External USB drives

Michael B. Trausch michael.trausch at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 23:53:14 EDT 2007

On Thu, 2007-07-12 at 13:15 -0400, Steve Brown wrote:

> 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* 

That is what I do on all of my drives that really need to be portable:
I put as small a partition as I can using FAT, put the ext2ifs software
on it, and partition the rest of the drive using ext3.  ext2ifs doesn't
support all of the features of ext3, but that's fine, since you can set
drives to be synchronously written to on Windows.  I think that is the
default, actually, if I am not mistaken?I know lots of people that have
this silly habit of writing data to their USB HD/Flash drives and then
yanking them out...

    ? Mike

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