I have a 250GB external hard drive which used to be FAT32 formatted, which i use to backup all the Music and Pictures i have on my drive. This is so that i have a copy of it incase i reinstall or change installations so that i can easily copy files across, and for safety.
I think formatting it to EXT3 and giving it a mount pount, like /store would be beneficial as i only use it for Linux.
My questions are:
Is formatting it to EXT3 beneficial?
If it gets a mount point, like /store and the entry is written to fstab, will it need to be plugged in every time i turn the PC on, or will it just not mount that partition?
will i have a problem with permissions as /store would appear under /root.
Could i do automated backups to a drive like this easier than if it were FAT32?
Is there a better solution to this?
I appreicate i am asking alot, i just dont want to mess this up as i rely on it for all my files.
/etc/fstab is only changed if you were doing the formatting from the running SUSE system in Yast - Partitioner?!
I take it that’s what you did?
Actually, there shouldn’t be a problem with what you did. Only you might not have the right permissions, but that can be changed.
Yeah thats exactly right. I think you helped me last week with my partitioning (many many thanks) and i ended up installing a /boot partition, and the rest of the disk as LVM (so /root, swap, /home, /files) as whenever i made /root and swap physical partitions and added a LVM, on reboot after a kernel upgrade it couldnt read /home!
I used Yast and formatted the external drive, and assigned /store as a mount point, thinking this would allow me to use it like a physical drive to backup my data to.
On exiting, it asked me if i wanted to write the changes to fstab, clicked yes and away i went.
This is where we differ in opinion. When the disk is always connected, there is no reason why a so called external disk would be handled different from a so called inetrnal disk.
With fstab you can mount it where you want/need it (which is one of those big winners compaired to MS). In this case I would prefer a mount point like /home/<user>/music-pictures/.
As opposed to HAL which will only mount indside /media/ (and only for one of the users that is accidently loged in) which imho is OK for much changing plug in/remove devices and not for something you want be part of your system.
But as said it is my personal opinion and I have allready found it is often not understood by those infected by years of MS usage rotfl!