ibm t23 ultrabay hard drive format

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I have an ultrabay hard drive where normally a cd drive is installed on an ibm t23 laptop. It is formatted with Ubutu and has a complete Ubuntu (pre-heron) on it. I want to use the entire drive to store some music. How can I delete the files on the drive? Do I need to reformat the drive, (no, I assume)? Of couse, I don't know much otherwise I wouldn't be asking. Thank you in advance

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Tang (robertmcgreg) said :

Hi there
You haven't mentioned what operating system is on the main computer.

If you're not booting via that ultrabay and the main system is Linux, you can probably, (certainly if its Ubuntu) simply delete without need of reformat, although for valuable data I've seen a minority of experts argue the merits of that.

If its not a linux system, you will probably need more help, so simply give some more detail, (especially if you have been booting from that drive in the past) and ask


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Chuck (chux-industryinet) said :

Thanks, My internal hard drive for the laptop is set up with win xp and Ubuntu 8 and works fine. I originally had this laptop set up to run Ubuntu from the Ultrabay and win xp from the internal, but reformatted and installed both systems on the internal hard drive of the laptop for a conventional dual boot.

The ultrabay hard drive was(still is) setup with Ubuntu folders. The ultrabay hard drive has the folders you'd expect for ubuntu( bin, boot, cdrom, dev, etc and so forth but I cannot delete anything. I assume the drive is protected to read only or something. I can copy files from it but cannot delete. I want to load it up with music for Amarok to play. I don't recall exactly but assume the ultrabay drive formatted as a Fat drive.

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Tang (robertmcgreg) said :

Thanks for your reply.
My suggestion is to install gparted partition editor from the Ubuntu 8.04 repositories. Partition Editor then shows up in System/Administration, from where you can hopefully delete the files and change access permissions to suit.

My own opinion is that for your purposes, instead of bothering to delete, its simplest to reformat to fat32 what will probably prove to be an existing ext2 or ext3. Then go back to XP just for a look, and it should see the drive, with r+w permissions, also


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Chuck (chux-industryinet) said :

Thanks, That fixed it. It even shows up a drive D in the windows xp boot and can be read and written to. Now I'll load some Little Richard on that drive and taps my toes. Thanks a ton. You folks really deserve a pat on the back for your help. Thanks agin