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    done hcvv, used the old avatar from forums.suselinuxsupport.de which i had.

    see you around,

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    Welcome back thestig. I am glad to hear that this time the money has to come from another person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thestig View Post
    Hi Snakedriver,

    thanks for getting back. i believe the drive was turned off when dropped; i definitely know it was not connected to a machine, but it may have been plugged in. how do i run a disk check, from what i used to think the best way for disk check is using the install dvd, but on 10.3 i believe this is broken? are there any command line tools (or GUI??) which i can use once i use umount to unmount it, as it's probably best to scan the drive whilst unmounted.

    thanks,

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    List the drive's make & model. We can find the OEM utilities on floppy or CD most likely & run those from a cold boot.

    BTW, I always go back to the OEM as they most always have new S/W tools up
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakedriver View Post
    List the drive's make & model. We can find the OEM utilities on floppy or CD most likely & run those from a cold boot.

    BTW, I always go back to the OEM as they most always have new S/W tools up

    the drive is here

    Amazon.co.uk: Western Digital My Book 2 Essential 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive: Electronics & Photo

    it's not too much of an issue now since the person has ordered a new one for me, so since i can still use it for linux, i can transfer my stuff onto the next one hopefully. but...before i do so, what do you guys reckon regarding format? it comes as fat32 but...well that's not that great, should i stick with vfat, or go ext3?

    hmmmm. cheers for the help guys.

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    If you're not going to use the drive on Windows, I'd say definitely choose for Ext3.

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    benefits of ext3 are...? i know the FS doesn't fragment as much but don't know about too much else really. thanks MC, good to see you here too as well

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    thanks Andy

    think i'll format it to ext3 and take the plunge

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    Quote Originally Posted by thestig View Post
    thanks Andy

    think i'll format it to ext3 and take the plunge
    Actually it'll be wise to choose your FS based on usage. For example, if you're going to store lots of big files on it, then I'd suggest using XFS as it can deal better with those files than Ext3 can. XFS is also generally faster and has a lower fragmentation level than Ext3. Also XFS has a higher throughput than Ext3.

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    FAT32 is common on external drives. It may be for broad compatibility, but I've also seen software with such drives which only supports FAT32. In my experience - YMMV - it's not been a problem reformatting with another filesystem, but you may lose the sw utilties that came with it. The biggest pain with FAT32 is the 4GB file size limitation. With a 1 TB drive, on some Windows systems in order to see the entire drive or even to just recognize it, can require an oem driver or a drive overlay.

    If you want it usable with both Linux and W$, you can format it as NTFS on a W$ machine and then on SuSE use the ntfs-3g driver. If you will only use it on Linux, and you will not have a lot of very large files, ext3 is probably best.

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