How to Format a FATX Drive in Ubuntu

Written by joshua laud
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If you have just switched from a Windows operating system to Ubuntu, then any secondary FAT or FAT32 hard drives installed on your computer will not appear in the operating system. FAT is a Windows and DOS-only hard drive file system, although FAT32 works with Unix/Linux as well. If you have a FAT32 drive, it is not necessary to format it; you simply need to mount the drive to make it visible. However, a FAT drive needs to be formatted to work in Ubuntu. This will erase all of the drive's original content. You partition and format a drive in the GNOME Partition Editor.

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  1. 1

    Click "System," then "Administration," then "GNOME Partition Editor."

  2. 2

    Right-click the white bar next to existing FAT hard drive; click "Delete" to delete the partition. Right-click again and click "New."

  3. 3

    Click "Primary Partition." Set the "filesystem" from FAT to "EXT3" for Ubuntu only or "FAT32" for both Windows and Linux.

  4. 4

    Click "Add," then "Apply."

  5. 5

    Close GNOME Partition Editor once the formatting process has finished.

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