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    Default How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    My son needs some extra storage for his laptop. I have a WD Blue 1TB sataIII and a USB 3.0 enclosure. This was my drive before I upgraded to a WD Black. Everything I could pull from the drive is done, so there's nothing of importance to lose when reformating. Now when I go to control panel ... partion and format, it's not there, so I went to devise manager and there it is, so, what's next?

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    Default Re: How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    recognition under bios
    rearange till u can c it in bios, then u should be good
    youll c it fine under F10, but bios still needs to alot the adress's to the os
    pleas take a moment to watch and share this in it's ENTIRETY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20RoAfflGCM
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    Default Re: How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    Quote Originally Posted by calemus View Post
    recognition under bios
    rearange till u can c it in bios, then u should be good
    youll c it fine under F10, but bios still needs to alot the adress's to the os
    So, did what you said, same result, sort of. I went back to format section and saw something there I hadn't noticed before. Turns out the drive was set for "dynamic" instead of basic. Fixed that and everything is fine now.

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    you dah man, super dad
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    Default Re: How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystikhol9 View Post
    So, did what you said, same result, sort of. I went back to format section and saw something there I hadn't noticed before. Turns out the drive was set for "dynamic" instead of basic. Fixed that and everything is fine now.
    Glad you've solved the problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by calemus View Post
    you dah man, super dad
    Careful with that "Super" stuff, I'm told my "hat size" is a little bit larger than it should be. But then again, I am a Leo, so that should be expected...right?

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    Default Re: How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    Probably too late, but you probably want to choose FAT32 when you format for USB use.

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    Default Re: How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    Gonna challenge that idea.

    My understanding is that NTFS can be read in Windows, Fat32 can be read in any operating system, and ext3/4 is Linux only.

    Fat32 has a file-size limit of 4GB doesn't it?. If you want to transfer larger files, select NTFS.
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    Default Re: How to reformat HDD for USB storage

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Gonna challenge that idea.

    My understanding is that NTFS can be read in Windows, Fat32 can be read in any operating system, and ext3/4 is Linux only.

    Fat32 has a file-size limit of 4GB doesn't it?. If you want to transfer larger files, select NTFS.
    Yeah Grumpy, you're right about the File Size limitation, but the partition can be 8TB, and FAT32 generally works better on Linux than NTFS support. Although, it appears that Mint supports NTFS pretty well.

    I may have to test it and see.

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