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Have a 750 gig external HDD. Have format it in Ubuntu 12.10 using FAT32 since I have to switch between windows, linux and osX. Used quick format option when doing this. Have named drive but Ubuntu doesn't give drive letter. Tried loading on windows 7 and drive comes up under manager as unallocated. Any suggestions about how what I did wrong and how to fix this problem? Thanks.


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I'm not sure about OSX, but Linux have no trouble accessing NTFS partitions - no reason to use FAT which is kinda not terribly reliable. – Sergey Dec 29 '12 at 1:11

Linux (and thus Ubuntu) does not use drive letters. Look on your desktop or in the /media folder

If that doesn't help, read up on linux "mounting" and USB especially (Ubtunu Mount/USB page is as good a place to start as any)

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Hi, the drive mounts no problem on linux systems and Mac OSX, just not on Windows 7. – James Hare Dec 29 '12 at 0:20
Then this is not an ubuntu question. You should probably assign the drive a drive letter:… – dtech Dec 29 '12 at 0:28
I would do this if I could but this option doesn't come up under computer management. When I go there the drive is listed as unallocated and there isn't the option to assign a letter, just reformat. – James Hare Dec 29 '12 at 0:37
make sure you formatted as FAT, give the output of mount – dtech Dec 29 '12 at 0:41

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