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Can you format an external SSD drive?

asked 2017-03-11 16:23:20 -0600

I have a Samsung_T3 SSD 1T drive which is formatted as exFAT. In Windows, the Disc Management tool does not allow you to squeeze up the windows partition so that I could create a Linux partition in the recovered free space. Any solutions?

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answered 2017-03-11 19:57:12 -0600

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updated 2017-03-11 20:54:07 -0600

I don't know the Windows Tools available to resize the partition, but:

You can boot a Fedora Live system (from DVD or USB) and use the onboard-tool called Disks (gnome-disk) to shrink the existing FAT partition and create a new partition with a Linux file system.

And, in general, yes, you can format an external drive just as any internal drive - that is not defined by the interface used to connect the drive to your PC's motherboard.

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