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[all variants] External Hard Drive

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I recently purchased a 320GB 2.5"external HD. The file system says its owner is root. Is that how it is supposed to be? I thought that I would be the owner, sort of like an USB flash drive. I want to back up to this HD before upgrading my Laptop and desktop computers. Should I reformat the external HD to a Linux file system or just leave it as a FAT file system? (Hardware)