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Old February 5th, 2012, 06:56 AM
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OK. I'm sorry, all these problems were hitting me while I tried to use Linux Mint 10. So I thought they may have been being caused by the same source.

I will leave this one now and go into trying other distros.

But, just before I leave. I fixed the massive impossible file problem.

I tried it in 4 fifferent linux distros. They all gave me the same result.

I tried it in vista. It read it all fine. So I copied the files into the 'vista c desktop'. Reformatted the HD to ntfs from vista. Put the files back into it from vista.

Now Linux reads it all fine.
I have no idea what caused the problem, but, that is what cured it.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 10:44 AM
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yeah right I remember trying to get you to use NTFS instead of FAT32
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Old February 5th, 2012, 08:17 PM
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yeah right I remember trying to get you to use NTFS instead of FAT32
Yeah, me too.
It still seems strange to me. That NTFS works better than FAT32 in Linux, which runs on FAT32 .
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Old February 7th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Yeah, me too.
It still seems strange to me. That NTFS works better than FAT32 in Linux, which runs on FAT32 .
In what universe does Linux run on FAT32? It can, with some tweaking, but this is not native behavior.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 09:33 PM
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In what universe does Linux run on FAT32? It can, with some tweaking, but this is not native behavior.
I allwayse said I know nothing about programming...

Until you wrote that.
Based on what i was (ages ago, in my dillapidated memory) advised about Linux and Windows and FAT32. I just assumed that Linux ran on FAT32.

I didn't realize that Ext2, Ext3, ext4, XFS, JFS, Reiserfs are formats.
I just thought that they were (in some way) part of the desktop.

Now I (sort of) know something new. if my memory can keep the info stored for access.

So thank you for triggering the search.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 10:06 PM
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Yeah, me too.
It still seems strange to me. That NTFS works better than FAT32 in Linux, which runs on FAT32 .
mork calling ork
FAT32 and NTFS are both Windows file systems
EXT2 to Ext4 are used on most Linux systems

A young local lad who uses Windows put me onto using NTFS for USB Drives
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Old February 7th, 2012, 11:50 PM
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I just looked at my HD, and yep, it shows the system is ext4.
I plugged in an old external 60gb HD. It shows an ntfs system.
I am wondering.
If I format it ext4. Apart from being unreadable from Windows. Will it run any quicker in linux?
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Old February 8th, 2012, 03:56 AM
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I just looked at my HD, and yep, it shows the system is ext4.
I plugged in an old external 60gb HD. It shows an ntfs system.
I am wondering.
If I format it ext4. Apart from being unreadable from Windows. Will it run any quicker in linux?
You can install ext2/3/4 support on Windows, but I am not sure how good it is as I have never used it personally.

ext4 isn't going to necessarily be quicker than ntfs, but it will be much more stable and configurable on Linux than ntfs would otherwise be. You can also tweak it for speed, if that's your thing.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 06:13 AM
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Good.
Now, I have formatted it, using gparted, as ext2. When it finished it said that is
/dev/sdb1 (55.89gb)

In the bit below the drive panel it shows:-

Partition. /dev/sdb1
File System. ext2
Mount Point. /media/85ab47ad-6f6d-4f89-a624-da6f6de017a3
Size. 55.89GiB
Used. 949.82MiB
Unused. 54.96GiB
Flags. (Nothing)

When I open the HD and right-click in it. It tells me in Permissions that the owner is root (root).
All access settings are greyed out and in-excessible. So I cant add any files to the HD.

Have you any idea what I have donw wrong please?
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Old February 8th, 2012, 07:44 AM
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You could have formated it without going into Gparted there is a drop down menu if you click on that thing next to FAT32

A smart fella would stick with NTFS at least for a while
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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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You could have formated it without going into Gparted there is a drop down menu if you click on that thing next to FAT32

A smart fella would stick with NTFS at least for a while
1) I'll go in and try it there.

2) I'm not smart, and, I have a spare External HD. So. Why not play???
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Old February 8th, 2012, 12:22 PM
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I bought a 3.5 HDD enclosure and put a terrabyte sata drive in it that had ext2 file system and the enclosure didnt do ext2
But I have bought enclosures that do do ext2
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Old February 8th, 2012, 09:40 PM
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By 'enclosure'. Do you mean 'external HDD box'. That uses a USB port?
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Old February 9th, 2012, 10:27 AM
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I tried formatting 3 more times. 3rd time I chose ntfs and it still woudlnt let me access it.
So I put it into a Vista computer and it let me use it as usual.
I then reformatted it ntfs in Vista and all linux computers let me in as usual.
So, I have to assume that the problem is in Xubuntu 11.10.
I have now burned Xubuntu out and installed LinuxMint 12.
I will try it all again, and see what happens.

So far Mint 12 looks good.
Unlike Mint 10. Mint 12 gives me audio.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 11:14 PM
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Yeah... Now I have tried all 3 current releases. I have to agree that Mint-12 Roll-Over release is better (for me) than Xubuntu-11.10.
Still..... We'll see when 12.04 is released.
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