i'm gonna make the switch to ubuntu soon and i need extra storage so i want to know if a 500 gb maxtor external harddrive would be detected and installed automatically by ubuntu because i'm nervous about taking the linux plunge and i want to make it as easy of a transition as possible by having my hardware detected automatically. the reason i want to go with the maxtor is that i need 500 gigs, it's gotta be cheap, and it's got to be reliable. this maxtor drive fits those catagories but the one i'm really worried about is whether or not it'll work with ubuntu. i figure it will since it works with macs and pcs but still i need reassurance that it'll be easy as plug and play.
Yes it will be automatic, but only read access if it's NTFS. If it's NTFS, then you need to install ntfs-3g first before you can write to it.