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NSLU2 NTFS/FAT32 support including BACKUP Disk1 to Disk2?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by gheiman, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. gheiman

    gheiman LI Guru Member

    Hello, I wonder if someone can help me. I tried reading all posts before asking this.
    I am trying to set up my NSLU2 (v2.3 R63) so that I can easily plug my USB drives under a Windows 7 64 bits system and recover files if I want it (*). I also want to have the Backup feature working between Disk1 and Disk2!!
    So I said to myself, why not take advantage of NSLU2 support of FAT32? I formatted one of my drives to FAT32 and hooked it up and after a while discovered I cannot have a FAT32 as Disk1 because NSLU2 needs an Ext2 to store configuration data among others. I also found out that you cannot backup an Ext2 Disk1 onto a FAT32 Disk2.
    I read somewhere in this forum that one can shrink the Ext2 partition to a minimum (approx 200 MB) and have rest formatted as FAT32. Few questions if someone can help please:
    1) Will I have a workable solution if I set up both disks with a minimal Ext2 partition and a large FAT32 partition? Will I be able to use the FAT32 for NAS storage and have the backup copy overnight Disk1 to Disk2 (I care little about the Ext2 partition, I obviously care more about the FAT32 partition being backed up and accessible from Windows 7)
    2) What software can I use to shrink the Ext2 Partition and create a large FAT32 partition? I can use (temporarily) an XP system and a Windows 7 system. Do I have to purchase something like Partition Magic? Anything else embedded in my systems already that I missed?
    3) Would it help if I upgraded to V2.3R76? And where can I find it please?
    Thanks a lot in advance to anyone who can provide help and insight! (*) I used to do this with Ext2 IFS drive, but no version for Windows 7 is available yet. I tried Disk Internals Linux recovery but that also is not supported under Windows 7.
  2. Bruce.Hobson

    Bruce.Hobson Addicted to LI Member

    I use http://partedmagic.com/ however, I would advise doing your research and planning first.

    The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc...) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs.

    Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 256MB of RAM to operate or 128MB in "Live" mode.


    * Format internal and external hard drives.
    * Move, copy, create, delete, expand & shrink hard drive partitions.
    * Clone your hard drive, to create a full backup.
    * Test hard drives for impending failure.
    * Test memory for bad sectors.
    * Benchmark your computer for a performace rating.
    * Securely erase your entire hard drive, wiping it clean from all data.
    * Gives access to non-booting systems allowing you to rescue important data.
    * Runs from the CD, no install required.

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