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Remove NSLU2 formatting from HD??

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by swalker06, May 19, 2005.

  1. swalker06

    swalker06 Guest

    Okay, so I formatted my 160 GB Seagate USB drive to work with the nslu2... it worked okay, but just too slow for my needs. So I then formatted a smaller Maxtor drive, and that's the one I will use with my NSLU2... no problem there. However, now I wish to get my Seagate back to the world of Windows... and I can't! I don't care about reformatting the drive and losing the data on it... but I can't find any information anywhere on how to reformat the drive. I plug it into my PC (usb 2.0) and it just tells me there's an unknown device. Seagate doesn't supply drivers for it because the Windows xp generic drivers are supposed to work. Can anyone help me?? I sincerely hope that my drive is not a brick.
  2. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    NSLU2 disks are formatted with the ext3 filesystem, which cannot be recognized by Windows. (Well, there are exceptions
    http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm )

    But you should still be able to see the device with an "unknown filesystem" in the Windows harddisk/partition management tool. I don't know, what this is called in the english language windows version. But you'll find it at %SystemRoot%\system32\compmgmt.msc /s

    If the disk doesn't show up there, you should still be able to mount it on a Linux system and reformat it as FAT32, so that Windows can access it again.
    If you don't have Linux installed on your computer, you can also download a LiveCD like Knoppix and boot Linux directly from this CD.

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