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Arthur Millar
February 21st, 2009, 02:45 PM
i have an external drive and i was wondering what file format i should use to make it work on any OS?
and how to format from ibex

lukjad007
February 21st, 2009, 02:52 PM
The most recognized file format is FAT. After that is FAT 32. For formatting you should use GParted on the Ubuntu Live CD. FAT 32 would probably be the better choice because it can handle larger files. FAT 16 is limited.

taurus
February 21st, 2009, 03:55 PM
You don't have to use gparted from the LiveCD just to format your external drive. Just install it on Ubuntu and off you go. And by the way, fat32 can handle larger files up to 4GB.

Arthur Millar
February 21st, 2009, 04:19 PM
You don't have to use gparted from the LiveCD just to format your external drive. Just install it on Ubuntu and off you go. And by the way, fat32 can handle larger files up to 4GB.

I have crap on there that i want wiped clean
so i guess i will use the live cd and gparted to format the drive in fat32
um i hate to sound really noob but how do i do that

taurus
February 21st, 2009, 04:45 PM
If you want to use the LiveCD, then boot from it. Wait for the desktop to appear and click System -> Administration -> Partition Editor. Now, click the drop down box on the right to point it to the right harddrive and format it (to fat32).

Arthur Millar
February 21st, 2009, 06:06 PM
thanks