[nSLUG] External hard drive problems
crypticlineage at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 16:23:23 ADT 2008
I am having problems using my Seagate 250GB external USB hard drive
under Windows XP. It has a single FAT32 partition and works flawlessly
under Slackware. When I plug it on Win xp machines (I have tried 3 so
far), the system recognizes the drive and pops up several messages that
a USB Mass Storage, Seagate Freeagent was recognized that the new
hardware is now installed and ready to use.
However, the drive never shows up under My Computer. When I tried: My
Computer > Manage > Disk Management > the drive is listed as Basic 250GB
FAT32 partition, but when I right click to assign it a drive letter
manually, that option is disabled and the only active option in the menu
is "delete partition". What gives? Exact same result on three
different Win XP machines.
Is there a problem with file system? Macintosh is yet another story.
Mac won't even recognize the drive. I thought Macs were able to read
and write to FAT32 parititions? I need to be able to use this drive on
all three platforms. Do I need another file system?
Alternatively, should I create two partitions and format one with EXT3
for Linux, and another NTFS for Windows?
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