Hasaf wrote:Interesting suggestions. The only problem is that I do not have access to an OSx computer. Much like Linux, they are rarely seen other than in the hands of foreigners.
It looks like my only option may be to mail this drive back to the US and purchase another drive. . . not quite what I wanted to do.
Well im sure you must know someone with a mac, pull the info off it then reformat to a fs that linux can use...........?
In fact, no. I am in China. As such, I know no one who uses a Mac; and, other than me, Linux. I once saw a Mac in a store in Xian, a major city about 12 hours away.
I also saw Linux in a computer at a different store in Xian once. Of course, the moment that the sales man saw me looking at it; and before I said anything, he assured me that if I actually purchased the computer they would remove the Linux and put Windows on it.
Thanks for the answers though, I suspected that the only solution involved purchasing another drive. Drives are expensive here (as are all computer parts) however, I will just have to give in and get one, now comes the challenging if trying to find one (and a bigger challenge, to find one that actually is what the vendor says it is).
What simple terminal commands would be recommended to check the drive information (ideally: size, manufacturer, series, and formatting). Also, what, other than quickly creating a folder and a file, should be done to insure that I can write to the drive?
Here is a crazy question, Can I reformat the unused portion of the drive while leaving the data in the in-use portion of the drive intact?