GParted is a winner

Toshiba portable drive Remember my MacBook had killed my Toshiba portable drive? And my WD drive. I wrote about it here. In that post I was saying I wasn’t sure what I was now going to do with my little Toshiba portable drive. Well, truth is, I have resurrected it thanks to Linux Mint and GParted. You can actually download it from the package manager on Linux if it is not already installed. My Toshiba was dead. Windows, Mac and Linux refused to mount it so it was useless. I got GParted out at the weekend on my Linux Mint laptop and looked at the drive. You have to know what you are doing or you might be looking at the wrong drive. To be certain, look at what is available on GParted, disconnect the portable drive, notice what is missing and then reconnect it. Windows could see it too. Just couldn’t do anything with it. With GParted I chose the option to partition the drive and selected the FAT 32 file system. I could have chosen other systems but FAT 32 seemed to be the best one since I could work between my operating systems. It will not be going back onto my MacBook. I have reformatted it which took about 5 mins and then I saved files onto it from Linux and have saved more files from Windows. It is running quietly and smoothly and plugs directly into the USB ports on both computers. It would only connect to the MacBook via a USB hub. So, I am happy now and have so much storage to back up files I’m glad. It  is small enough to  easily use in my car so I could shift my music and podcasts onto it and just use it for travelling. Main thing is GParted solved my problem effectively. All you need is the right tool for the job. I never tie myself to one operating system because that way I have options for problem solving.

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