On 07/16/2009 09:58 AM, Tim wrote:
Does anybody know if the "WD Elements" hard drives in enclosures with USB ports work with Fedora pain free? I've heard tales of some drive enclosures that go asleep on you, but can't recall if it were this range of models, and there's some of these on sale locally for a reasonable price. I had some unidentifiable brand of hard drive enclosure with a Seagate drive in it that died on me some time ago (the drive gets multiplying read errors). And I want to find a decent replacement, without a silly price, or a crappy fan that's going to make annoying noises or seize up. You try to be diligent, doing your backups to an external drive, then the backup drive is the thing to go west! :-\ Thank goodness I have the original files to back up the backup... And, yes, the drive got treated with kid gloves, and I don't expect hard drives to be treated any other way. Now I'm wondering what can be trusted as a medium for removable backups. I much prefer the notion of something like a drive that carries uncompressed copies of files, for direct access to a backup. Rather than serial access tapes, or terribly slow multi-DVD collections.
I am not sure about the WD Element but I have been using a WD Passport USB drive with Fedora 10 and now Fedora 11 without any problems. The WD Passport obtains its power from my laptop via the USB cable. I have also used a SimpleTech external hard drive (USB) successfully with Fedora 10 & 11 to backup my system before upgrading from 10 to 11.
The WD Passport USB drive has been formatted with two partitions, one for Linux and another for Vista. My laptop came with Vista and I wanted to be able to dual boot but use a little of the internal disk as possible for Vista. The bulk of Vista resides on the Passport drive with only 40 GB (minimum needed for Vista) on the internal drive.
In the year that I have this setup, I have only booted into Vista once every six months to make sure that Vista updates all of its patches. Fedora can access the NTFS partition as well as the Ext3 partition on the Passport.
Steven F. LeBrun
Quote: "One day a peacock. The next day a feather duster."