At the same time as purchasing the BENQ monitor I finally got my backup set-up sorted. For a long-time I had been using DVD’s which is a pain & very slow task to perform, so it was time for a external hard drive to automate the task & speed the process up. I went for the Western Digital 500 gb external HDD from Aria as to combine the order with the monitor. It cost around £50 pounds & this also had the space I required as I cannot see myself needing more than 500gb, hopefully not.
The hard drive comes pre-formatted to Fat 32 & some pre-installed software I think that would work for those Apple & Microsoft fan boys, but not for a Linux user. So my first task was to change the file system to Ext 4.
- Plug into your PC via USB cable
- Erase the current partition going to System-Administration-Disk Utility or by what ever means you like
- Re-format the drive to Ext 4
- Make the drive writeable. Open up a terminal and cd to the directory where the external drive is, this is usually /media/ then just type sudo chmod –R 777
That’s it your external HDD should now have Ext 4 file system and the drive ready to be used. As this going to be used for back-ups I decided to use déjà dup back up application, very easy to use and set-up. Linux is smooth!!