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Date:      Wed, 22 Nov 2006 21:40:43 +0200
From:      "Ivan Levchenko" <>
To:        "Chris Hastie" <>
Subject:   Re: Big external drives - which filesystem?
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There is a UFS2 driver for Windows, google on it and you are sure to
find it. (There are also ext2/3 drivers for Windows if you prefer that

I use ext2 on my usb pen drive and it works great under windows.

On 11/16/06, Chris Hastie <> wrote:
> I've just acquired a Western Digital 200GB USB 2 external HDD. After
> some initial glitches my FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE machine seems to recognise
> it fine.
> It comes pre-formatted with a single FAT32 file system (although
> confusingly there is a note in the manual about FAT32 not supporting
> partitions >32 GB and suggesting you change it to NTFS).
> Attempting to mount this hits the "mountmsdosfs(); disk too big, sorry"
> problem.
> The primary intended use for this drive is for off-site backups, but it
> would be useful if it was formatted such that I can easily plug it into
> Windows boxes to get at files occasionally. What are my best options for
> achieving this?
> The MSDOSFS_LARGE kernel option seems to come with a lot of warnings and
> caveats. Is it really as ropey as it sounds? Is NTFS an option? Or would
> I be better partitioning the drive into two FAT32 partitions of < 128GB
> each? If I go down that route how does this appear to FreeBSD -
> presumably as different slices on da0 which are mounted separately? Or
> am I just asking for trouble using these filesystems and should just
> stick to ufs2 and abandon any plans to maintain compatibility with
> windows machines?
> Thanks for your help.
> --
> Chris Hastie
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Best Regards,

Ivan Levchenko

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