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Re: USB drive REformatting -reg

It's ready to use under Win98 and above. YOU DONT need to reformat. Also any
speed increase you might expect to see after reformating under ext2 wont be there.
USB isn't that fast, nor do they have the large onboard cache that harddisk do.

The only issue you might see is the ownership one. Window's disk format does
not recognize file ownership. So who ever mount's it owns it. Dismount, mount as
a different user and that user will 'own' the files.

Onto mounting.
command prompt:
if a mount point does not exist ... make one
    mkdir /mnt/flash

mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/flash   # root owns this

or add an entry in your /etc/fstab file:
/dev/sda1                /mnt/flash          auto    pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

if the hotplug utility worked correctly, then the person on the X-Window Console will
own the device /dev/sda1. They a user can mount the device, either through the gui
or in a command window (like above).

Good luck and Merry Christmas


On Sun, 2005-12-18 at 12:38 +0000, SK Sharma wrote:

       Dunno if this is an appropriate questionon this mail list....I want
  help to use a PenDrive on ALL linux flavors (if possible on OpenSolaris &
  WinXX too ?)
        A friend donated a UNknown format 1GB USB Pendrive and
   my RH9 Hardware browser detects as a HDD & lists as follows:
   Drive /dev/sda (Geom: 1022/33/61)(Model: Generic Flash Disk)
            1   1    < 1 Free space
    sda1    1   1023 1005 fat32
   How should I interpret the above information,I presume ! that
   this is formatted as FAT32, which can be used on Windows.
     This is enquiring How can I REformat (if required) so that
   I can use this flash drive on WinXX & Linux file formats as
   well - please provide step-by-stpe instructions for a novice.



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