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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Click "System," then "Administration," then "GNOME Partition Editor."
Right-click the white bar next to existing FAT hard drive; click "Delete" to delete the partition. Right-click again and click "New."
Click "Primary Partition." Set the "filesystem" from FAT to "EXT3" for Ubuntu only or "FAT32" for both Windows and Linux.
Click "Add," then "Apply."
Close GNOME Partition Editor once the formatting process has finished.
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