Just plugged it in and openSUSE recognized it. Worked. Copied files from it and added some files to it. Removed it. Pretty easy. Now, when I plug it into my Windows machine, I get the message that it needs to be formatted to use. Is this what is supposed to happen, and how can I ever use it on a Windows machine again? All data is on my Linux computer and a copy is on the external hard drive.
On 08/13/2011 08:06 AM, MrHappyGoLucky12 wrote:
> Just plugged it in and openSUSE recognized it. Worked.
had you used it previously on a Windows machine?
when you plugged it in, by “Worked” do you mean it formatted itself to a
linux file system…or did you do that? or do you know which file system
is on that disk?
> Copied files from
> it and added some files to it. Removed it. Pretty easy.
yep, Linux is pretty easy…and, predictable…
> Now, when I plug
> it into my Windows machine, I get the message that it needs to be
> formatted to use. Is this what is supposed to happen, and how can I ever
> use it on a Windows machine again?
it is hard to predict what Windows might recognize or might not…for
sure it will not recognize any linux file system…so, if you formatted
the drive with a linux file system it will never be useful to a windows
computer (until you wipe it clean and install a windows file system.)
but, (i don’t understand it but) Windows does something special/tricky
with the way it “closes” file systems on USB devices…if remember
correctly if you don’t “correctly” remove a USB device from Windows it
won’t recognize it as usable the next time…so, maybe that is what is
going on…you will have to wait for a multi-system guru to help you
… i know next to nothing about Windows (except not to use it)…
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobiles” of operating systems!
I guess that you used the device as it is, with some Windows file system (like NTFS) on it. And not that you formatted it anew (like DenverD suggests as one of the posibilities. Remind that “openSUSE recognised it” is not very clear as recognising is a very human thing to do, but technicaly it is not defines very precise.
When it has an NTFS file system and is used by Windows earlier, the case that DenverD mentiones is possible: not removed savely from the Windows system earlier. (BTW I hope you removed it savely from your openSUSE, because, just pulling it out can cause problems there also of course).
By the way, when I try to submit this message, it keeps telling me my message is too short.
That is because you put all your comments INSIDE the quote instead of BETWEEN or AFTER the quote(s). Therefore the forums software does not count it as text written by you. And one should have at least 10 characters of ons own invention before a post is long enough.
And I must say, hiding your answers inside the quote makes it not only difficult for the software to distinguish them from the quoted text,but also for me.