External Harddrive

I’m getting a 1TB external drive, and I’m fairly sure that the Samsung S2 Portable http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=terabyte+external+hard+drive&hl=en&cid=7230601084952704257&os=tech-specs is for me - but I just wanted to check that linux never has any disagreements with this product or similar products?

External USB 2.0 hard drives will work fine in Linux… but if you want further reassurance, take a look here:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239086#reviews

And check what the first reviewer has put as his operating system. :wink:

One word of caution. Make sure you buy one that does not have hardware encryption built in as this normally requires Windows or Mac to open it. I struggled recently to find an external drive that did not have this encryption facility on it. In the end I found an Iomega disk that worked a treat.

@Toonman
Heh… I was waiting for that… :wink:

The Samsung S2 doesn’t appear to have any kind of hardware encryption… certainly not Black Armour :wink:

Also found this link… OK, it’s the 500GB version, but should be similar.

http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/view/2893

And if it works in Mint, It’ll work in Ubuntu… ignore the bit about not formatting in Mint/Ubuntu, he probably formatted it as EXT2/3/4 rather than FAT/FAT32/NTFS … and as we all know, Windows can’t read Linux file systems, but Linux CAN read Windows file systems :slight_smile: … so you’re safe to format in Ubuntu, just format as FAT, FAT32, or NTFS.

Yes that’s right. In the end I formatted using ntfs as you wont be able to store files bigger than 4gb using the fat method.

I’m also planning to install Linux onto it, so I shouldn’t have problems reading the file system :slight_smile: although it does say here http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives/External/1TB+Samsung+S2+Portable+2.5"+External+Hard+Drive+?productId=41554&rqcType=r that it ‘did not require to be formatted’ - does that mean it’s already set up with FAT32?

Yup, it will be probably be pre-formatted as either FAT, FAT32, or NTFS… not a problem though :slight_smile: