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Linux compatible external hard drive

asked 2012-09-11 07:46:48 -0500

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Hi everyone I'm looking for an external hard drive that is compatible with Fedora Linux. I've searched some online store and product description and in the list of supported OS I didn't find Linux. Does anyone know any such brand that supports Linux. Thanks in advance

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The "Silicon Power Armor A30 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive" has linux listed in it's specifications. I bought a WD hard drive that had linux listed in it's specs and an "Insignia" $20 enclosure that didn't mention anything other than windows and mac. When I first tried to plug it in, my file manager didn't seem to detect anything, but after using gparted to format it, my file manager lists it. I was also looking at the following external drive that does have linux listed in it's specs:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/silicon-power-silicon-power-armor-a30-1tb-external-usb-3-0-hard-drive-sp010tbphda30s3k-sp010tbphda30s3k/10327752.aspx?path=96721c897f39c36f0a87541220e3631een02

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answered 2012-09-11 20:42:13 -0500

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I've used multiple hard drives and pen drives, and all of them have worked really well. I'm currently using two Seagate harddrives (a 250gig USB2, and a 1TB USB3).

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answered 2012-09-11 10:44:39 -0500

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I don't have any problem with USB external disk: Seagate, Iomega and Western.

I also have a USB-SATA-IDE adaptor to attach internal disk and work with them.

But I had some problems with an eSATA dock for SATA hard drives.

So, any USB disk will be safe, any eSATA could work or could not work.

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USB, eSATA, Firewire, etc are all published standards that don't require special drivers to operate. I'd be very surprised if you found one that does not function. However, I do recommend that you purchase an internal drive and a separate enclosure, because the USB bridges in most external drives do not pass through SMART data. Opening a factory enclosure would void the warranty, but you can pull the drive out of an aftermarket enclosure to monitor for failure.

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answered 2013-01-21 21:51:52 -0500

Any windows compatible hard drive will work for Linux. Pretty much anything works with Linux. I'm looking for a 1TB hard drive to install straight fedora too. I've currently save 40 bucks towards it and am probably gonna need about 60 more. But again since you use Linux you don't need to worry about hardware issues. You rarely run into them on Linux.

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answered 2015-08-11 09:15:07 -0500

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Watch out for LaCie drives. They are not automatically recognized and difficult to mount.

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answered 2014-02-18 20:54:57 -0500

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You must be very careful if you are copying large 4gig+ files, such as a dvd image, to the USB drive. With my computer, the copy was corrupted with Linux file systems, and was copied clean with the target being USB Drive with NTFS. If I dropped my memory size down to 4 gigs, copies worked just fine. But that means loosing 4 gigs of good memory.

NTFS preserves Owner information. There is no group or Other so you will probably see rwx--- ---

Test your copies with sha256sum on internal disk and then on the external disk. If they match for all disk sizes, then you are home free.

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answered 2013-01-22 07:56:09 -0500

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You don't have to search anywhere else. Buy WD Smartbook Essentials 1tb or 2tb your choice don't set a password to this drive & it will be compatible with Fedora I hav a I/O of >45mb/sec

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answered 2012-09-15 10:02:18 -0500

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When you ask Linux External Hard drive, are you thinking of a sata3 external drive or a USB drive.

Any external hard drive that is windows compatible is Linux compatible. I would download gparted software for your linux distribution, and when you scan the hard drives, you will spot your external one. At this point you can format it for Dos (the standard of most hard drives), and then you can either partition the space on that hard drive to meet your needs. You can format a partition as EXT3 or Ext2, another partition as NTFS, or Fat32.

In any event, I think you want that hard drive formated to a linux file type, which is EXT3 or EXT4.

Dont forget to electronically label the drive, so you can recognize it easily. I usually make the label hold the date I formatted it.

My own practice is to partition the drive into 250 gig partitions. One is for EXT3, One is for NTFS, and the other two are spares.

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answered 2012-09-12 15:14:28 -0500

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I've seen one drive that turned itself off after certain time of inactivity. Only unplugging and plugging it in again would make it work. It had a special Windows driver to power it up from the sleep mode.

Otherwise every single USB drive that I have used has worked fine.

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