[sf-lug] external usb hard drive

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Thu Mar 13 21:54:11 PDT 2008

Alex Kleider wrote:
> --- Asheesh Laroia <asheesh at asheesh.org> wrote:
>> Yes! (-:
>> You can either:
>> (a) install NTFS-3g (which is in apt), or
>> (b) (preferred) if you're only using this drive with Linux systems,
>> just 
>> replace the filesystem on it with something more "normal" to Linux 
>> systems, preferably ext3.
>> You pick which route we'll go down, and I'll say how to do which (or
>> both 
>> - you can surely give both a shot).  I'd say more now, but I'm about
>> to go 
>> have dinner!
>> -- Asheesh.
> And I need to get some sleep! My clock is obviously running in a
> different time zone than yours!
> Seriously though: Thank you very much, Asheesh, for taking an interest.
> Your response came in while I was digesting Tyler's suggestion and
> trying to make it work. As you can see in my response to it, ntfs-3g 
> seems NOT to be available in the "stable" repository of Debian.
> I'd like to get ntfs-3g going so that the same drive can be used by my
> wife for her backups as well (I've been unable to convince her to 
> jettison Microsoft) BUT would like to see how a new file system 
> could be placed onto the drive. So my choice (at the risk of sounding
> greedy) would be "both!"
This may not be an optimal solution for you, but this is something I use 
on my laptop which has XP and Ubuntu 7.10 dual-boot setup. I have a ext3 
partition (I call it stuff) that is automounted by Ubuntu 7.10 without 
any problems and on the Windows side, I use ext2fsd 
(http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd) which allows me to mount the 
stuff partition from Windows as if it were a USB drive. So, I get to 
store data on a ext3 partition (and not ntfs, specs for which could 
theoretically change at any moment) and still read and write to it from 

I do the same for external USB and Firewire drives. Works well.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

> But unfortunately later: perhaps at JavaCat monday evening? I'll be
> away from this computer until then (except for sshing.)
> Right now I think the issue is how to get ntfs-3g onto Debian/Etch.
> I should be able to do that remotely (i.e. ssh.)
> I'll leave the HD running and attached over the w/e
> alex
> a_kleider at yahoo.com
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