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HDD drives larger than 300 GB on NSLU2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by Watchmavin, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Watchmavin

    Watchmavin LI Guru Member

    Linksys claims that the NSLU2 has been tested for use with up to a 300 GB drives. They also say that one can try larger drives "at their own risk". Does anyone have experience using larger drives (500 GB or higher) drives? If so, do they perform reliably? Thank you.
     
  2. computeguy

    computeguy Network Guru Member

    hdd larger than 300g

    Hello, I have a Lacie drive attached to usb1 (500gb) and a Maxor attached to usb2 (300gb) and have had no issues what so ever..

    I have flashed the NSLU2 with the most current beta available.

    Hope this helps you
    Goodluck
     
  3. Watchmavin

    Watchmavin LI Guru Member

    Thank you. What is the version number of the Beta firmware you're using?
     
  4. fareal

    fareal LI Guru Member

    I have unslung 6.8 beta and I'm formatting a 500GB drive as I type this. Hope it works fine. It is also the LaCie. I'm new to the NSLU2.

    EDIT: Formatted it with the NSLU2 as ext3 and it is recognizing the 500GB just fine.
     
  5. computeguy

    computeguy Network Guru Member

    firmware version

    NSLU2 v2.3R76 Beta Firmware
     
  6. Watchmavin

    Watchmavin LI Guru Member

    Your V2.3R76 firmware

    Do you happen to know, or have you discovered what the differences are between R73/R76 and the "officially released" R63 (which is what I'm still using). Is R76 stable? Thank you.
     
  7. Watchmavin

    Watchmavin LI Guru Member

    Do you happen to know, or have you discovered, what the differences are between R73/R76 and the "officially released" R63 (which is what I'm still using). Is R76 stable? Thank you.
     
  8. Watchmavin

    Watchmavin LI Guru Member

    Thank you for your answer. Let me know how you make out with the 500 GB drive(s). Are you formatting as NTFS or EXT3? Circuit City has a sale on the Seagate 750GB FreeAgent Pro for $199. I'll give it a try an see how I make out (can always return it if it does not work).
     
  9. computeguy

    computeguy Network Guru Member

    formatted drive

    formatted as ext3 and all 500g's are avail and very much stable
     
  10. ChiefZeke

    ChiefZeke LI Guru Member

    I've been using a WD 500Gb My Book Essential Edition external on my NSLU2 since Nov 2006 - formatted as ext3.

    The NSLU2 has gone through firmware's v2.3R63; v2.3R72; v2.3R73 beta; and v2.3R76 beta - all with no problems.
     
  11. lanman65

    lanman65 Guest

    NSLU2 with 500GB drives

    I have been using the NSLU2 (firmware Ver 2.3R73) with two Western Digital 500GB USB drives for about 5 months or more. There doesn't seem to a problem with the NSLU2 accessing the drives. I did have a network performance issue with this unit but finally found a workable fix for this. It didn't have anything to do with the size of the drives I was using. Hope this helps you make a decision.
     
  12. jerm11

    jerm11 Guest

    works on 1TB :)
     
  13. I have recently purchased a NSLU2 and Western Digital 500GB USB Drive. Unfortunately, I am having real problems trying to set them up. Basically, the NSLU2 does not recognise the HDD either in port 1 or port 2. Both the LEDs for each Disk is off and the GUI states that the drives are not installed. I have gone through a number of firmware upgrades to fix this problem. But I am still no further forward. I am beginning to think that there is a problem with the NSLU2 (I don't think it is the HDD as I have been able to connect to it from my PC - Windows XP). Before I package it up an return it to the vendor, I want to check if anyone else out there has either found a solution or has evidence that my hardware is faulty?
     
  14. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    You should also consider that this also may be a problem with the particular USB chip in the drive. The NSLU2 doesn't work well with the chips in some USB drives and enclosures and won't recognize them. They may work perfectly well on the USB port of your computer so that doesn't prove that they aren't incompatible with the NSLU2.

    Ideally you would need to test the ports with a known good USB drive to see if the NSLU2 will recognize them. If you don't have any spare USB drives handy to test for installation recognition, then you might try testing with a USB thumb drive in whichever port that thumb drives are supposed to function on with the version of firmware you have installed. If it fails to be recognized on both ports, then most likely you have a problem with the NSLU2.

    Good luck. :)
     

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