Backing up data on a Linux server

Hello there,

Got a client using a Dell server loaded with Linux.
They are running a Linux-based application, which used to backup data to a tape drive installed on that Dell PowerEdge server. Tape drive died.
My question is: can I attach a USB external drive (500GB) and backup the data to that unit?
As far as I understand, it should be formatted as FAT32... can anybody confirm or help with this issue? Is it doable? Any external drive type/brand in particular?

Thank you!
HMBNETPCAsked:
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savoneCommented:
Yes you can do that and the USB drive can be formatted in a native linux filesystem like ext4, it does not have to be FAT32.  FAT32 has limitations.
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HMBNETPCAuthor Commented:
OK, thanks for the quick reply.
another question: how do I format it as ext4?
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savoneCommented:
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HMBNETPCAuthor Commented:
Thanks savone.
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