If the hdd is large enough, why not re-size it using GParted or QTParted? Use 50% for ntfs and 50% for ext3.
Whatever you do, make absolutely sure
that you are formatting the proper drive.
First you need to do these commands as root
[enter root password here]
the first command will 's'witch 'u'ser to root
the lsusb command will show if the system detects the hard drive.
If it's detected, then
to edit the fstab file. Add an entry for the usb drive similar to
LABEL=[name you gave usb drive] /media/[name] auto user,exec,rw,noguid,nosuid,umask0002 0 0
To edit using vim
1) hit the 'insert' key to add
2) use the arrow keys to navigate
3) hit 'Esc' button to quit
4) type in :wq to write out the file and quit the editor.
Now you type in
just to make sure that your computer uses the changed fstab file.
Now, finally you can use GParted to resize and make your etx3 partiton. (Or use the whole drive as win32
After you re-size, now you type in [in terminal]
mkdir /media/[give the usb drive name]
mount -t ext3 -O rw /dev/[name of usb drivein fstab]
cd /media/[name you gave to usb drive
Now you can either use the "cp" command to copy or the "mv" command to move the tar file to the usb drive.
I know this is an overly detailed explanation, but some one else may need the info. [If it works] (I've not used FC4 in a looooong
To move the tarfile
mv /[path to tar file] /[media/nameof usb drive]
i.e /path to tar file =/home/your name/name of tar file
edit: the above instructions assume you will want part of the drive as NTFS. If not , then in the terminal
mkfs -t ext3 /dev/[name of usb drive]