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  1.    27 Jun 2017 #11
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    Hi mate I tried plugging the two USB it still never recognised it is a small portable hard-drive pretty thin it comes with one cable on one side there is a mini USB and on the other there is two USB connectors when I I used it on my zgemma box I just connected one USB connector and it worked fine it was still working fine in the box as well but I just decided to use it for something else so removed it from the box tried to format it on the PC but it wouldn't recognise and I assumed this was the case because I converted it to ext3 and 4 in order for it to work on the box but after researching I realised that it would be hard for the PC to recognise it again and I can't get passed that so I think the drive is working fine but my PC just doesn't see it thanks.
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  2.    27 Jun 2017 #12
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Windows diskpart shows my Raspberry Pi micro SD cards. They have a fat32 Boot partition but the second partition is a Linux partition? Diskpart doesn't know what it is but shows it.
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  3.    27 Jun 2017 #13
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    windows 10 pro 64

    When youhave two OS on one drive, format for NTFS ainf install Win 10. Then use Gparted or similar tool tioio reduce size of NTFS partition and format remainder to EXT4. Then put in other OS such as one of the linux based distros. With Ubuntu, it puts a front end on that gives you choice of booting Ubuntu or booting Win 10. If you add ext2 volume manager to Win 10 you can read/write to ext4 partition.

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  4.    28 Jun 2017 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by cigtoxdoc View Post
    When youhave two OS on one drive, format for NTFS ainf install Win 10. Then use Gparted or similar tool tioio reduce size of NTFS partition and format remainder to EXT4. Then put in other OS such as one of the linux based distros. With Ubuntu, it puts a front end on that gives you choice of booting Ubuntu or booting Win 10. If you add ext2 volume manager to Win 10 you can read/write to ext4 partition.

    john
    The OP's drive is external, with no OS on it. He just wants to use it for storage on his Windows PC, not dual boot etc.

    I'm not dual booting either, it just happens that the Pi / Raspbian uses a fat 32 boot partition. Likely because that's where the firmware code is. I was just pointing out that disk management can see the Linux Partition. Windows explorer won't but disk management will. Diskpart will too as far as I know. I will have a look at that ext2 volume manager though. There are times I would like access to that second partition on my Pi's SD card from my Windows PC.
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  5.    01 Jul 2017 #15
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    Hi alphanumeric thanks for the help but that was all a bit double Dutch to me lol I have some knowledge of PC but a not a great deal all I am looking for is to format my hdd that I had to convert to ext3 ext4 in order to work with a z Gemma box for sly but now I just want the hdd back to NTFS so I can use it on my PC as an extra drive but right now PC not recognizing it at all diskpart doesn't recognise either so just need a simple solution if there is one and if there is a harder solution I am also interested as long as you explain the steps I have to take thanks.
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  6.    01 Jul 2017 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbsy09 View Post
    Hi alphanumeric thanks for the help but that was all a bit double Dutch to me lol I have some knowledge of PC but a not a great deal all I am looking for is to format my hdd that I had to convert to ext3 ext4 in order to work with a z Gemma box for sly but now I just want the hdd back to NTFS so I can use it on my PC as an extra drive but right now PC not recognizing it at all diskpart doesn't recognise either so just need a simple solution if there is one and if there is a harder solution I am also interested as long as you explain the steps I have to take thanks.
    If it can't be see / detected by the OS there isn't much that can be done. Does it still work with the z Gemma box ? If no I would say the drive is dead, or the controller in the enclosure is dead. I recently had an external that Windows couldn't see in disk management or via diskpart. I took the enclosure apart and removed the drive. Connected to my adapter it was fine. In the original enclosure it was dead.

    The diskpart instructions are listed in the second post in this thread.
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