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Largest External Drive supported WRTSL54GS

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by Cyberjedi, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Cyberjedi

    Cyberjedi Network Guru Member

    I tried to use the Western Digital 1TB (MY BOOK), but the router never displayed any device when it was attached and the USB light was lit. I was able to partition it in windows. I suspect the integrated RAID HW had something to do with it. Are their any other external drives that work well or will I have to buy a $real 1TB drive an put it in an enclosure myself. I only have about 50 Gigs left in my 500GB drive, which is the largest my SATA enclosure supports. I might just get another one and a USB hub, I think I remember the router can support 2 external drives. Any one got ideas or recommendations.

  2. plugh

    plugh Network Guru Member

    This whole 'partitioning' thing is going to hit a significant barrier soon.

    The partition structure uses 32 bit fields for LBNs, hence it is _incapable_ of describing anything past 2TiB for a single drive (or raid) unit. This also means we are likely to see glitches show up at 1TiB, where programmers coded using signed rather than unsigned ints when calculating with the LBN values.

    I'm not saying this is your problem since 1TB=10^12 is still less than 1TiB=2^40. But since you can simply get a usb hub and another drive (I've used an unpowered 4 port hub with 4 drives on the sl54), that is probably your safest route for now.

    And as an aside - have you thought about how you are going to back up 1TB of 'stuff'?
  3. Cyberjedi

    Cyberjedi Network Guru Member

    Thanks for that technical answer. I just found out that Western Digital is about to release a 1TB without RAID in a one drive configuration. I'm pretty sure thats why it wasn't working with my Linksys so I'm just going to wait, I still have 50 Gigs free.

    This is my network share for my XBMC, Pictures, Books, and MP3's. Everything that I value is also stored locally on multiple machines. The only thing that I have a physical backup on (DVD) are my pictures. Everything else I can just download again.

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