Red Hat / Fedora :: Find Out The Format Of An External Hard Drive?
Mar 24, 2010
I've got this hard drive that I know that is formatted to either ext3 or ext4, but I want to find out which format it is. I'm unfamiliar with many commands, I tried 'fdisk -l' but it didn't yield any useful information to me. Is there a command wherein I can easily find out the format of disks?
I just bought a new 320gb laptop hard drive and mounted it into an external enclosure. The hard drive has never been formatted. I plugged it into my computer running Ubuntu 10.10 and nothing happens. I expected something toopup and say the drive has not been formatted and give me formatting choices. I looked in Places>Computer and it's not there. I even looked in Gparted and it does not show it. So how on earth do I format a new external hard drive?
I wanted to get started with Ubuntu so I partitioned an external hard drive with Ubuntu 11.04 onto it. After finding out my computer couldn't but up from a external hard drive I wanted to format my drive. When I plugged it into my computer, Windows would not recognize it. I then dual booted Ubuntu 11.04 onto my laptop and attached my drive. Ubuntu found it a recognized it as 3 separate disks. I then opened up disk utility and told it to format the drive. After clicking a couple "OKs" I got an error message: An error occured while performing an operation on "500 GB Hard Disk" (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex): The device is busy I clicked details and got:One or more partitions are busy on /dev/sdb. I was wondering what I could do since it isn't doing anything in the first place. I just want to format the whole thing.
I have a Seagate external hard drive and I want to use it to back up my home server since it runs Ubuntu 6.10 and the upgrade to 10.10. My problem is that I am not able to format the drive to use it. I can not change the permissons or if I try to format I have all sorts of trouble. I have tried doing it on the home server running 6.10 and another pc running 10.10 and had no luck. Is there a better way? I have even tried chmod and chown with no luck.
and am running Ubuntu 9.04 version. My wife's USB flashdisk has picked up viruses from computers running Windows in her office. My quick solution is to format it (and external hard disks as well) in my machine.
can't find an answer for this here or elsewhere. I recently installed Ubuntu on my laptop with no problems...until now. I bought a Seagate portable drive for backup/extra storage purposes. When I plug in the drive and start up Disk Utility, it recognizes the Drive and whatnot, but when I click "Format Drive" I end up (after clicking through the warnings) with an error message stating:Error Formatting DriveAn error occurred while performing an operation on "640 GB Hard Disk" (Seagate Portable):The device is busyI clicked for details, which resulted in:One or more partitions are busy on /dev/sdb(Not that detailed, if you ask me.)I then entered the command line (a scary place for someone who came over from OSX) Code:sudo lshw -C diskgave me this info about the hard drive I'm trying to format:
I have a 1TB usb External Hard drive (Segate), I would like to install linx on that drive. I tried red Hat it does not find hard drive. I run open suse, I partition the hard drive. After installation of disk 1 it reboots, at that point it does not go to usb external drive.
I have 350GB external Western Digital USB hard Drive.When I try to remove it from the system by executing Safely Remove Drive menu the fedora 15 system gets stuck.The processor starts giving a hum sound and it goes on even if it is left for half an hour in the stuck state.The Mouse is not working and everything is halted.
i have installed fedora 14 with so many libraries ,development tools installed on my pc but i usually have to present some projects which can run on my system .........and can't be executed or compiled due to absence of libraries and tools there so, i there some way to so that i can use this current installation on my hard drive of my pc to some external media like external hard disk and plug and use that installation anywhere on any system..
I got a dell inspiron 1501 laptop with a 80Gb sata drive what is the best solution to add data storage space for someone that love to have multiples operating systems at hand Note: I use mostly linux so I won't need to change my laptop for many years maybe ...
I need some assistance in trying to format a USB hard drive to vfat format but can't seem to do so. I am currently using RHEL 5.3. I have tried the following commands and they all come back as "command not found"
I have windows on my box, I have fedora 14 on my external that goes through my usb. Grub is installed on my usb. Since the only thing stored on my external was fedora i really didn't have to do much to it. just go into bios and boot from usb. Now that im using fedora more, Id like to add Vista to my choices. I guess the numbers change once your using an external drive. Ive read some of the problems like mine but they didn't quite do it. Im going to inclose 2 screen shots of my drives/partitions and my grub.conf.
# grub.conf generated by anaconda # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
i have a 1 TB external hard drive and i have created 4 partitions as 3 of 300 GB , and one of 100 GB and i have format it as FAT but it is not showing 4th partitionand when i use fdisk -l it shows it as linux partitions and they are mounting in linux onlywhen i use the drive in windows , disk is not able to mount
I just had a fresh install of Fedora 13 x86_64 on my notebook after using fedora 13 x32 for a while.I am using KDE Desktop.Everything seemed to be working fine out of the box except for minor problems with sound and plugins.The biggest issue is that Fedora does not recognize when I plug an external USB HDD (WD 320 GB for this matter).The USB light on the HDD does not go on, and nothing is auto mounted.It seems that USB does not work at all - I have tried to plug another USB device and it didn't seem to have power.
Running fedora14 on a dell latitude-d600 laptop and I'm trying to access a 500gb sata external hard drive that is connected via usb. The laptop can see the drive as '500 GB Hard Disk: 524 MB Filesystem' and it's clearly mounted under the '/media' directory. However, when I attempt to read the files on it, I am only able to see the 524mb section of the drive. The external hard drive is an ext3 file system (running fedora13) and I believe it's encrypted.
I have got a hold of a extra hdd along with a hdd enclosure. I have tried looking for information on how to install linux on to one but haven't been completely successful on my search. So I turn to all of you. I was also wondering if its possible to have it were I can use it on multiple computers so I can use it for computer repair.
I have been a Linux user for about 6 years now, and recently switched to Fedora just to try something new. I used Ubuntu for the majority of the time so I am somewhat familiar with the command line, but seem to be having trouble with my external HDD. Ubuntu automounted it no problem. Fedora doesn't seem to like to do that. I tried searching and I did what almost every thread insisted upon; which is mount /dev/sdb(that is what dmesg said) but it says already mounted or /mnt/busy. So this is the extent of my Terminal experience with mounting an external drive, and I am completely dumbfounded as to why it simply won't mount. I am liking Fedora so far and so long as there is a remedy for this I don't plan on going back.
I installed Fedora 15 5 days ago after using debian-based distros for a few years, and until now I've had the habit of sharing many files (mostly multimedia) on my home network, except since I'm the only one using Linux, I have to do it using Samba.In Ubuntu, Xubuntu and Linux Mint, this worked like a charm.
Two things have changed this week: I switched to Fedora 15 like I said before, and I bought a new USB external HDD. I previously used a 500 GB Western Digital, and changed for a 1.5 TB SAMSUNG which is linked to my station via USB. The drive works well and I cp'd the 450 gigs of the ancient drive within the new one without a problem.
Ever since I managed to set up fedora and GNOME 3 as I would like it, I've been trying to setup the network sharing via Samba, and that's a genuine 4-day long headache now.Thing is, yesterday, it worked. After setting everything right, creating an automount of the external HDD in a maybe-too-much permissive folder, allowing Samba through the firewall, getting to know that buddy called SELinux I had never met before and which I struggled to tame ; after setting everything up, it worked seamlessly, I streamed music from the Windows PCs of my network and began watching a film.
Except I had a problem which had nothing to do with Linux: letting the USB drive plugged in on startup prevented the BIOS phase from going well, and my station was stuck on my motherboard splashscreen. To fix this, I had to disable the USB Legacy in my BIOS. Did the trick. Yesterday night, I rebooted like that, and everything was fine.This morning, Fedora wouldn't boot. Since the new BIOS parameters didn't switch the drive on on startup, fstab was trying to mount a drive which wasn't there, and thus crashed, switching to emergency mode.Had to remove the ftsab line concerning the USB drive for Fedora to boot again.
Alrite, that's fixed, I thought ; I just changed the fstab options adding noauto,user, etc. and I thought it would be ok, but it ain't.It's now been 3 hours without me finding any clue as to how to get this working.
IMO, the problem comes from the fact that Samba is missing the right to access the drive. Samba seems to be OK: from the Windows station I can see my Linux station on the network map, I can access it entering the Smbuser I created for this, and the "ext-hdd" dir is present (that's the alias I used in the Samba config files), but when I try to access it, Windows says it can't access it.
I'll try to add as many pieces of information as possible that might be useful:
Code: [norfen@norfens-station ~]$ getsebool -a | grep samba samba_create_home_dirs --> on samba_domain_controller --> on samba_enable_home_dirs --> off code....
I have a laptop with only 30GB storage and I want to install Lubuntu in virtual box but Lubuntu needs 5GB of storage space which i dont have. Could i use an external 160GB hard drive to act as the hard drive for the virtual machine without affecting the files that are already on the external hard drive
Background is this: Laptop has an internal h/d (obviously) so I removed it from laptop. Then set Bios to boot from external h/d. Installed Fedora 11 on ext. h/d no swap partition as drive already has 4 partitions. Fedora ran lovely!! I then replaced internal hard drive but left bios to boot from external hard drive. Boot screen for fedora came up, hit enter and fedora started loading. The little balloon started filling up, got to a quarter full and then screen went black. Had to reboot to get going again,same thing happened. Can anybody tell me what may be causing it,i.e. black screen. Fedora boots up and runs lovely with internal h/d removed. Any help very gratefully received. M/c has intel dual core processor, 3 gig of ram.
i am using fedora 11 and i want to share my western digital external hard drive over my wireless network like i previousely did with my windows os. it is connected via usb to my computer. how do i do this ?