formating external USB hard drive

François Patte francois.patte at
Fri Jan 27 14:03:53 UTC 2006


I have a USB hard drive and 3 questions:

1- I suppose that this hd is dos-formatted by default. Is it because 
this that I had a problem of file size limitation? I couldn't create a 
file more than 4.2Gb.

2- Is the problem will be the same with an ext3 file system, and will 
udev/hotplug/hal recognize and automatically mount the device if I 
format it with mkfs.ext3?

3- How to format the external hd, for it has to unmounted before being 

Thanks for help.
François Patte
UFR de mathématiques et informatique
Université René Descartes

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