Linux partition for USB flash drive

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  1. bellgamin

    bellgamin Registered Member

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    I installed MX XFCE on one of my laptops. It has Timeshift. I wanted to have Timeshift copy stuff onto my 32GB UFD but it refused, saying the UFD "must have a Linux partition".

    I used GParted to make a partition on that UFD, but Timeshift still said it didn't have a Linux partition.

    QUESTION: How can I make a UFD usable by Timeshift?
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    bellgamin,

    Which partition Type did you create?
     
  3. bellgamin

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    I do not remember. There was a drop-down menu with several partition types, mostly with non-descriptive names of 2 or 3 letters. Gparted's help file gave no help on that matter, so I just left the menu's default type alone, hoping for the best.

    What Type should I have chosen?
     
  4. wat0114

    wat0114 Registered Member

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    @bellgamin

    How to check Partition Type of your USB drive in GParted:

    GParted sample.png

    EDIT

    I took a quick look at Timeshift, and it will only save to partitions formatted with a Linux file system. ext4 File System should work fine. You would have to format the partition on your USB drive to ext4.

    >>Just be sure that is what you want to do, ensuring you aren't formatting over saved data already on that partition you don't want to lose.<<

    timeshift filesystem.png
     
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  5. Brian K

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    In Gparted, delete the partition on your UFD. Right click the unallocated space and Create a Primary partition with these options. Align to MiB, File System Ext4.
     
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    @wat0114 & @Brian K -- Your last 2 comments have been Cut&Pasted into my Linux HowTo notes. Many thanks! :thumb:
     
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    You'll be a Linux crackerjack in no time :thumb:
     
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