I want to connect my external 2TB USB HDD that has 4 partitions, to be treated as a set of removable drives on Windows.
This is because I do not want Windows to create "System Volume Information" and "$Recycler" ans stuff on it ( these are not created for removable drives right? )
I just want Windows to use the drive as simple plain old storage without cluttering it up with its internal stuff and metedata - and as far as I know, removable drive is the way to go.
So I have these questions:
- Is marking the external USB HDD as removable drive what I am looking for?
- what's the difference between it being marked as external HDD vs removable drive
- how do I make this happen
how do I detect what type it is, currently and after the change
Also - I would like to format the drive with a filesystem that would be efficient as well as compatible with Linux and Windows. What would be such an efficient filesystem? extFAT? I don't think FAT32 would be good for a 2TB storage? ( there would be too much wastage? )