Adding an usb harddisk
dwhite at gumbysoft.com
Thu Feb 10 14:29:33 PST 2005
On Thu, 10 Feb 2005, Jack Raats wrote:
> I want to add an usb harddisk.
> Acoording to fdisk it's formatted as a "NTFS/HPFS/QNX" disk
> Can I add this disk and still using this file system?
NTFS is a Windows filesystem. You can't install FreeBSD to it but you can
mount and use the volume. See the mount_ntfs manpage for restrictions on
our NTFS support.
You can mount it using 'mount -t ntfs /dev/daXXXX /YYYY' if you don't want
to make a UFS filesystem. (replace XXXX with device name and YYYY with
If you do want to reformat it for UFS, see the article on formatting media
at www.freebsd.org for instructions.
> What kind of dev/fstab do I need to add?
Its like an existing one, just change the filesystem type from 'ufs' to
> Do I need an extra swap slice? How to make one?
Not unless you want one, but if you do you probably need to destroy the
NTFS filesystem to make space.
> I'm using FreeBSD 4.11.
NTFS support there may not be as mature as the one in 5.x.
Doug White | FreeBSD: The Power to Serve
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