geraldw321
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external HD which filesystem???

Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:45 am

hello there i have an external usb harddrive i want too put movies and tv shows on to use with my Pi and raspbmc what filesystem should i format the drive in ? fat32 . ntfs. ext4 ??? so its visible too the Pi/raspbmc??

teeth_03
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Re: external HD which filesystem???

Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:49 am

ext4

cosmicnut
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Re: external HD which filesystem???

Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:08 am

It really all depends on how portable you want the drive and how you get the files.

If you want to move the drive between PC/MAC and Pi then you need to format it FAT32. (if you are buying an external drive it will already be formatted this way) If you just have a PC then NTFS would be better.
(I can't be much help with Mac as I'm not an apple person but format it using the Macs favourite format, there will be a Linux driver for it)

If the drive will only ever be used on the Pi and you get the files by downloading them directly to the Pi then the previous poster is right. Ext4 as it works better with Linux and allows you to set folder and file permissions (you can only set permissions on the entire drive if you use a non Linux file system)

geraldw321
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Re: external HD which filesystem???

Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:06 pm

Hello again and thank you i hae a pc (laptop actually) and run linux , so i guess ill go with ntfs as it can be read by both machines . thanks again

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Re: external HD which filesystem???

Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:00 am

geraldw321 wrote:Hello again and thank you i hae a pc (laptop actually) and run linux , so i guess ill go with ntfs as it can be read by both machines . thanks again
If your PC runs Linux then you should use ext4. You only need NTFS if you use MS Windows.

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Re: external HD which filesystem???

Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:45 am

geraldw321 wrote:Hello again and thank you i hae a pc (laptop actually) and run linux , so i guess ill go with ntfs as it can be read by both machines . thanks again
If you are going to use ntfs then you want to install the ntfs-3g driver. This is required to get full write access to ntfs devices.

geraldw321
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Re: external HD which filesystem???

Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:45 am

rpdom wrote:
geraldw321 wrote:Hello again and thank you i hae a pc (laptop actually) and run linux , so i guess ill go with ntfs as it can be read by both machines . thanks again
If your PC runs Linux then you should use ext4. You only need NTFS if you use MS Windows.


I only use linux so i think you're right ill go ext4 its a much better filesystem. thanks

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