[Solved] USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

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[Solved] USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

Post by surensniper » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:35 pm

Dear Gurus,
I recently got a 32GB USB stick and was trying to format it. In my work environment I am the only one running linux so, i have to use my usb stick in windows system as well when situation arises. So, I created an EXT4 partition of 20GB and a NTFS partition of the remaining 10GB. My strategy was that I could use the EXT4 partition to share my own files between my personal linux machines and the NTFS partition shall be used to share files with my colleagues. But, when I inserted the stick in a windows system, the system prompted that the stick was not formatted and offered to format it. Did I miss something or what I was trying is not possible at all? Appreciate your time in reading this and thanks fellas :)
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Re: USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

Post by administrollaattori » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:43 pm

Windows is so defective, that it does not understand if there is more than one partition on the USB-stick. It is blind with ext4 also.

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Re: USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

Post by Mute Ant » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:27 pm

I suspect if you put the NTFS first and the EXT4 second you will get a stick that Windows can recognise. Or just format the whole thing FAT32 and accept that sometimes a time-stamp or owner will go missing.
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Re: USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

Post by FreedomTruth » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:57 pm

I have a FAT32/ext4 usb stick that works (Windows obviously doesn't see the ext4, but that's fine with me).

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fdisk -l /dev/sdc
Disk /dev/sdc: 14.5 GiB, 15518924800 bytes, 30310400 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x612f655b

Device     Boot    Start      End  Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdc1           2048 15155199 15153152  7.2G  b W95 FAT32
/dev/sdc2       15157248 30310399 15153152  7.2G 83 Linux
The FAT32 is first, so Mute Ant might be right that NTFS should be first on the stick.
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Re: USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

Post by surensniper » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:25 am

@Mute Ant & @FreedomTruth,
You guys are Right! I`ve deleted the existing partitions and made mt NTFS as first partition and EXT4 as the next. Works flawlessly in Windows and in MAC too. Thanks for the help fellas :D
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Re: [Solved] USB Stick with EXT4 & NTFS partitions

Post by Pierre » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:40 am

you can also place fat32 as the 1st partition & ext3 as the 2nd partition,
and that combo will work, too.
- done this myself.
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