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    fat32 discovery problems

    I have an external hard drive that is formatted to fat32 that literally takes hours for Ubuntu to recognize is there any way to speed this up?

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    Re: fat32 discovery problems

    Could be that the drive is failing.
    Look at System>Admin>Disk Utility, select your USB drive and see if "Smart Data" tells you anything useful.
    Does it take as long when plugged into another PC?

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    Re: fat32 discovery problems

    No. I have a windows 7 laptop that I plug it into quite often and takes no more than 3 seconds for autoplay to pop up and everything works fine.

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    Re: fat32 discovery problems

    could there be some kind of driver/kernel i need to install for large usb disks to work?
    I use smaller (4gb) flash drives with it all the time.

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    Re: fat32 discovery problems

    It should work without any drivers or kernel mods.
    I have a 1TB USB drive that came with FAT32 and it worked fine.
    However there is a 4GB file size limit with FAT32 so I formated it to NTFS so that I could store DVDs on it.
    Maybe someone else can give advice. When you are in Win7 can you run chkdsk on it?
    Maybe it just has a corrupt file that confuses Linux.

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    Re: fat32 discovery problems

    OK thanks i'll try that

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