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external USB hard drive and howto

Postby JohanM » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:39 pm

I have an external usb hard drive (WD Passport 1 TB) formatted (encrypted) for my Mac. Even before I encrypted it, I could only read but not write from my linux pc. After encryption not even that.
I need a new external HD for my linux pc, the one I am currently using is getting too old and is FAT32 formatted (from when I was still using Windows).
Questions:
If I want to encrypt an external usb HD which filesystem should I use?
Will I be able to use it on a multiboot linux (no windows) pc when encrypted? (Will I just be asked for password before use?)
Are there brands that are recommended or that I should avoid?

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Postby nelz » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:51 pm

TrueCrypt is best for external drives as it is available for Linux, MacOS and Windows. Using an OS-specific encryption system may cause you problems at a later date.
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Postby JohanM » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:52 pm

Some good out of the box thinking.

What would be the best filesystem to use? Especially for use with Mac OS X and linux and being able to write files larger than 4 GB?
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Postby JohanM » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:03 am

Anyone experience with UFD as filesystem for external USB hard disks?
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Postby nelz » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:29 am

UFD? I'm not familiar with that one, but I'd stick with TrueCrypt as it provides everything you need in one cross-platform box.
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Postby JohanM » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:36 am

Yes, truecrypt to encrypt, but which filesystem that is read- and writeable by linux, mac osx and windows? NTFS, no because I hardly use windows. FAT32, no because limit of 4 GB filesize, ...
Someone told me to try UDF, the universal disk format, I wondered if anyone here has experience with it.
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Postby nelz » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:03 pm

It's been a while since I used Truecrypt and I thought it included the filesystem, but it doesn't. Hardly is not te same as never, so I would still use NTFS for maximum portability, although exFAT is looking more interesting these days.
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