View Full Version : external hd reformat

18th April 2006, 08:24 AM
i currently have a 160gb external hd in ntfs and i would like to format in fat32 so i can use it on both my winxp and fc5. are there any linux utilties i can run on the drive? the only utility ive come across on the net is partitionmagic and that utility is not free

18th April 2006, 08:56 AM
i wouldn't format it as fat32, try ext2 or ext3. It is readable through explorer in xp with a plugin from http://www.fs-driver.org/

typical command to format a partition as ext2 in linux is mke2fs /dev/sd** or mke2fs -j /dev/sd** for ext3