Query on adding a USB hdd
I am thinking of getting an external/USB2.0 hard-drive.
This is entirely new to me, so I have a load of questions if you guys
don't mind throwing your opinions into the pot on this?
1. Is this a device that can/should be rw via other (possibly
non-GNU/Linux) machines? If yes, then what are the best avenues for a
decent encryption set-up on this USB drive?
2. Does this need to be made bootable? And if so, what of those BIOS
that don't have the option for USB boots?
3. How would I go about cfdisking it? Would I need to change something
in /etc/fstab and create a mount point (which would seem logical)? How
could I set this up so that it automounts when plugged in?
4. Any gotchas or dire warnings? Any alternative ideas about obtaining
portable storage space?
Thanks for any thoughts on this. There's a good deal on locally and I am
just wondering how feasible it would be to take advantage because an
external drive makes good sense as a system back-up repository, as well
as for additional data.
"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." - Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"