Formatting External HD

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  1. Moog101 macrumors member

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    I've just bought a Lacie Ethernet HD and it suggests formatting it to ext3 filesystem to enable it to handle files greater than 4 gig (which I need).

    Is there any way from OSX to format an external HD to ext3 (or any apps which can do this)?

    Thanks...

    Edit : It's OK, i've just figured it out.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    In case anyone else asks or looks at this thread in the future, the answer is no. The default GUIFied Disk Utility cannot format ext3. It formats HFS+, FAT32, and/or UFS.

    I'm curious what utility/driver you found to do this for you. Can you please post it so others with the question can benefit from the answer?
     
  3. nargot macrumors regular

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    the lacie ethernet drive has a serverside utility to format the drive as ext3 i dont know to easily do it on another drive
     
  4. bigboy99 macrumors 6502

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    How did you do it?

    BB99
     
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  6. nargot macrumors regular

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    repeat of the quote for bigboy:

    if you have the lacie minidisk it has a server side disk formatting utility (as it is a linux box running the hard drive) you access it by http://ipaddress/ in your wweb browser, click on the disk tab and choose a file format either fat32 or ext3 and format it the drive in this fassion.

    The reason you wouldn't format it as HFS+ is if you want other OS's to connect because it will only work on mac OS's not windows or linux. I don't know yet because mine is busted but i think the FTP server will only work read only on HSF+ also which would be a pain if you require FTP to transfer files from a work which is heavily firewalled and has 99% of ports blocked to the hard drive at home.
     
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The OP never mentioned anything about Windows or linux. Anyway, Windows support for HFS+ and ext3 are about the same, so no gain there. And the linux support for HFS+ is pretty good.

    I don't think the drive formating has anything to do with FTP.
     
  8. nargot macrumors regular

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    my brain fell out about the ftp thing, don't know why i thought that.
     
  9. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Then put it back in :p

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