I've just formatted my new external HDD from FAT32 to NTFS in Ubuntu, but then I noticed that the "partition type" shows as

W95 FAT32 (LBA) (0x0c)

while the volume shows (correctly) as an NTFS volume.

Ubuntu gnome-disk-utility screenshot

My question is whether there would be any problem with this arrangement, or if I should edit the partition type.

In case it is necessary or recommended to change the partition type, which type should I choose?

NB: I guess keeping the MBR partitioning scheme instead of changing it to GUID Partition Table is OK.

I've checked the disk under Windows, and it didn't find any problem with it. Under properties, it lists the filesystem as NTFS.

Disk properties

So far, the HDD is working fine under both Windows and Linux. Perhaps this is not an issue, but since I still don't get all the differences between 'volume', 'partition', and 'drive', I'm not sure.

  • Have you unmounted and re-mounted the device? It may be using cached data. Jul 21, 2016 at 10:23
  • I have unmounted and even physically disconnected the device. That's what prompted me to post a question.
    – carnendil
    Jul 21, 2016 at 10:25
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    As a USB device, that could be the partition type being returned by the USB->SATA controller. Which I would say probably isn't an issue. For an extra check, you could always mount it on Windows system and see if it works / reformat and see if that fixes it. (Since NTFS is a Microsoft file system) Jul 21, 2016 at 10:30
  • Also, why are you formatting an external drive with NTFS? Surely exFAT would be more suitable, or EXT4 if you only use *nix systems? Jul 21, 2016 at 10:32
  • @Alastor thank you for your useful comments. I need to plug my HDD to both Linux and Windows systems. I'll check under Windows as you suggest.
    – carnendil
    Jul 21, 2016 at 10:40


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