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Mounting WD Easystore (Exfat)?
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Aplam

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan 2019, 01:20    Post subject:  Mounting WD Easystore (Exfat)?  

Has anyone succesfully mounted a WD Easystore in Linux (external usb harddrive)? I recently formatted my 2TB easystore as ExFat. When I look at it under drives, it sees it as a 2TB unallocated drive (even though it has files on it). I tried to use Disks (Manjaro) to format it as a FAT32 system, but it just hangs (same result using the cmd.exe in W7 to format it). Under W7, I can format it either NFTS or ExFat. For now, I formatted it ExFat but cannot read or write files to the drive from my Linux distro which forces me to transfer the files to my W7 internal HD and then transfer the files on a reboot from W7. I am hoping to eliminate the final step. I've searched online for advice on mounting the Easystore drive, but so far nothing worked.
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan 2019, 02:45    Post subject:  

For linux compatibility use ntfs instead of exfat

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Jan 2019, 17:58    Post subject: NTFS File System on WD Easystore  

The drives normally come with NTFS and Linux can happily read and write to that. If you are using it purely for Linux then you could use EXT4.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 05:04    Post subject: Western Digital External Drive  

Thought I would add that I have an external USB3, 4 TB Western Digital My Book and just checked that to confirm that it is formatted as NTFS and works well in Linux or in Windows. It is as supplied from WD as I have never formatted it.
With FAT file system there are limitations on file size, number of files and length of file name. Also, I think it will be confused if you have used upper and lower case in file names because it can't tell the difference between them
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 08:06    Post subject:  

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Also, I think it will be confused if you have used upper and lower case in file names because it can't tell the difference between them
Not true.
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ITSMERSH

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 09:12    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
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Also, I think it will be confused if you have used upper and lower case in file names because it can't tell the difference between them
Not true.

Wrong! Laughing

I was sure about this already, though checked it again to make sure I'm not wrong on this.

Created the file Test.txt on fat32 USB flash drive.
Tried to create file test.txt on the fat 32 USB flash drive.

See screenshot. Wink
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peterw

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 17:48    Post subject: EXFAT  

I am wrong about upper and lower case - accepted.
Still trying to understand why Aplam has issues.
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2019, 10:18    Post subject: Re: EXFAT  

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When I look at it under drives, it sees it as a 2TB unallocated drive
How are you looking then? With pmount, or gParted or Rox or ... ?
peterw wrote:
Still trying to understand why Aplam has issues.
Maybe trying to mount it in terminal and see if there are error messages?
If the device is sdb, then something like:
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mkdir /mnt/sdb1
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1
cd /mnt/sdb1
ls
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ITSMERSH

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2019, 12:18    Post subject: Re: EXFAT  

peterw wrote:
I am wrong about upper and lower case - accepted.
Still trying to understand why Aplam has issues.

No, you were talking about FAT, so you are not wrong.

See screenshot in my previous post!

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2019, 13:51    Post subject: Thanks  

Thanks ITSMERSH. Should have studied you Screenshots more. I thought I was right but memory can be wrong.
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