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January 6th, 2011, 12:56 PM
Hi everyone.
I am in a bit of a sticky situation. For some reason all pc places in jhb dont know anything about linex or how to work in it. Go figure...

I bought a new external hard drive, its a 1.5Terribite Toshiba.
My pc is not picking up the hard drive and i have no idea how to get it to work.

January 6th, 2011, 07:41 PM
With any new hard disk, you need to initialize and format the drive before it works.

The easiest way (IMO) to do this in Ubuntu is to use gparted (System -> Administration -> GParted).

Note: if its not installed, open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install gparted

Select your new disk, then format it (if you are ever going to plug it into a Windows computer you will want to format it in NTFS format vs. ext3 or ext4).

If for some reason NTFS is greyed out, open a terminal again and get ntfsprogs

sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs

Then re-format the drive in NTFS

Here is the Ubuntu documentation link (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingANewHardDrive)

January 7th, 2011, 08:30 AM
Thanx, i'm gonna try it.
Hopefully i dont break it...