4k hard drive

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by syber, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. syber

    syber Networkin' Nut Member

    does the new 1.28 usb read and write 4k ntfs hard drive

    i have 2 4k 2tb western digital hard drives formated to ntfs and i was wonding if i could plug them into my n-16 running Tomato RAF 1.28.8550 usb ports ?
  2. syber

    syber Networkin' Nut Member

  3. The Doctor

    The Doctor LI Guru Member

    The easiest thing to do is just plug one in and see what happens. I'm quite certain that no damage will be done.

    I don't suspect you will have any problem at all. The important thing with those "advanced format" drives is that the partitions are correctly lined up with the sector boundaries. If you look at the Western Digital site for information on the drive, you will see this explained.

    I would say that you should first format the drive and be sure that the partitions are correctly aligned. If you create your partition and format in Windows 7, this will be done correctly. You can also format in windows XP and then run the Western Digital sector alignment program, and that'll make sure everything is correct. It works quite well, I have used it several times.

    Good luck
  4. spookyneo

    spookyneo Networkin' Nut Member

    I'm bumping up this thread. I'm in the market to change my hard disk that is plugged on Tomato and these Advanced Format (4K) drives are everywhere. Has anyone succesfuly connected a 4K drive with Tomato ?

    Thanks !
  5. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    That should be a function of the linux kernel... I would gander than any of the K2.6 builds will have proper support. As The Doctor said, you probably will want to format it on a Windows 7 machine first then plug it into your router.

    I'm pretty sure my 2TB external is a advanced format model... I'll check it out tomorrow morning and report back to you.
  6. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    I believe it is only the boot partition that needs OS support, and most modern OS supports it already. For usb enclosed hdd, it is the chipset used for the sata to usb bridge + OS support that is most important for 4k alignment
  7. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    I just tried my 2TB external hard drive, it wasn't recognized... :(

    When I looked up the official support list of drives from the manufacturer (running their firmware of course), they didn't appear to have anything listed above 500GB....

    If I had a 1TB external I would try that, but I don't...
  8. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    UPDATE - For some reason my router won't mount drives automatically (even though its supposed to?) I had to reboot the router and then it showed the hard drive.
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