I have set this up on my laptop at home. It took no more than 10 minutes. I set it up with Fedora Core 5. I grabbed a 60GB IDE drive which I keep as a spare and I went into Windows XP and formatted it NTFS.
I then attached it to my computer using this nifty IDE to USB2 cable that I picked up for less than $20 from Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156101
I attempted to first install the fuse requisities with yum install fuse....but ntfs-3g couldn't find the files for fuse. So, I removed fuse with yum remove fuse and then downloaded the 2.5.3 tarball and did the ./configure, make, make install as shown above.
I then installed the ntfs-3g program as shown above.
I attached my IDE drive to the USB2 port and did the following to mount it
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/seconddisk
That was all there was to it.
I seem to have no trouble with reads/writes and am getting pretty decent performance. About 20MB a second which is respectable for this IDE drive down the USB2 bus. I've been able to create, delete, copy and read files. All seems well.
For backup purposes and such, this seems like a fine way to go. I'll let you guys know if I find any major concerns with my setup.
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