USB memory stick

  • johne53
Posted: Mon, 03/31/2008 - 16:08
I'm thinking about buying a USB memory stick (probably 2GB or 4GB). Has anyone ever used one with 64studio and are there any pitfalls I'm likely to fall into?

Problem

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Fri, 04/04/2008 - 09:19
Hi Quentin, I hope you can help again. I've completed stage 1 (i.e. formatting a conventional USB hard drive for ext2fs). Unfortunately, it's permissions are showing as Owner and Group 'unknown' with all permissions being 'read' only. Not even root seems to be able to change this. Do you have any ideas I could try? [Edit...] It's okay, I think I might have found the answer.... Inside my '/media' folder I found an icon for the new USB drive. Once I changed the ownership and permissions for that icon, the drive seems to have become accessible.

Did that already...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 04/04/2008 - 08:13
I have a 500GB external USB for recording backups. Fat32 has a file size limit of 1024MB, thus I formatted to ext3. The drive now is faster and quieter than with fat32

FAT32

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Fri, 04/04/2008 - 06:45
Hi Quentin - the FAT32 format worked fine - except for an annoying problem with Ardour which has taken to using colons in some of its file names (colons being reserved for drive letters under Windows). Having said that, I've found a Windows utility which can mount ext2fs partitions under Windows. During the time I've been using it (about a year) I've found it to be much more reliable than mounting FAT32 under Linux. The only problem is that I don't know whether it would work with a removeable drive. I'm going to try a real portable hard drive today - if that works, I'll risk it with my memory stick.

Yes

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 04/03/2008 - 19:51
I had a drive that was destroyed by a windows PC. I tried to reformat it to fat32, but I could not, and thought why not ext3. It works. Did 64studio take to the new drive ok? Do you only want to go to ext3 for reliability? Cheers,

Quentin - have you ever

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Thu, 04/03/2008 - 09:32
Quentin - have you ever tried re-formatting a USB memory drive? In particular, have you tried formatting one for ext2fs or ext3fs? Just wondering if it can be done (before I destroy my brand new USB drive!!)

Thanks. I'll give it a try

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Tue, 04/01/2008 - 07:50
Thanks. I'll give it a try (at that price I should easily be able to sell it if it doesn't work!!) I vaguely recall that real hard drives work because they 'cluster' the available memory. This means that a 32bit OS can access drives that are well above its theoretical 4GB limit. The downside is that the drive's memory is divided into very large clusters - so saving a small file (even just 2 bytes of data) can actually use 16Kb (or more) of disk space. I'm not sure if USB drives work on the same principle but I guess they probably do.

USB Drives

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 04/01/2008 - 07:23
The Flash sticks works just like USB ext hard drives. I had 32bit installed on my laptop, and it accepted a 40GB USB drive without problems. I do not foresee problems for the 16GB stick. Much cheaper per GB! Cheers

4GB limit?

  • johne53
  • 10/07/07
  • Tue, 04/01/2008 - 06:29
Thanks Quentin. My local branch of Maplin is selling 4GB memory sticks for 39.99. But a 16GB model is only 49.99. Given that I've only got a 32bit OS, I wonder if I should stick to the 4GB version?

No Problems...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 03/31/2008 - 18:09
I have not found a Flash stick that does not work flawlessly in 64studio. Go for it...