External Hard Drive - File System

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Dark_Shadow, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. Dark_Shadow

    Dark_Shadow LI Guru Member

    What file system do you use on your setup and why?

    For the Dev's, What is the best file system to use on an external hard drive?
  2. Florid

    Florid Serious Server Member

  3. M_ars

    M_ars Network Guru Member

  4. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    What if I need to map it to Windows? Windows won't be able to read / write to it, right?
  5. leandroong

    leandroong LI Guru Member

    with samba, even if your using ext3 or 4 or ntfs-3g, you can perform read/write to it. For me, I use secondary CF card hard disk, formatted as ntfs-3g. Main usage is solely dedicated for transmission download. Upon completion, I do unmount and mount to notebook for transfer to larger HD.
  6. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    Do Samba shares appear under Workgroup? Or do I need to map it?
  7. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    You will likely need to map it. \\ip.address.of.router\sharename and it should work fine, provided you use the correct username & password, which gets configured in Tomato.

    FAT/FAT32/NTFS work but have significantly higher CPU impact on the router than ext2/ext3. ext3 is the more fault tolerant of the two, so if power drops, etc. in the middle of writing the system should be capable of replaying through changes in the journal to bring it to a consistent, usable state without having to run a file system check (fsck, which on a consumer router with 1TB of space would likely take hours to finish).

    Also, there are filesystem plugins you can install on Windows to read & write to ext2/ext3 volumes.
  8. leandroong

    leandroong LI Guru Member

    Do Samba shares appear under Workgroup? Or do I need to map it? 
    yes !!! you just need to configure Samba file sharing GUI workgroup.
  9. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    The "workgroup" is the name of Samba share?
  10. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    The shares are setup at the bottom of the page. You have to specify a share name (e.g. "jffs"), a path to the directory you're sharing on the router (e.g. "/jffs"), a description (e.g. "JFFS"), whether you want read or read/write access to the share, then click the "Add" button to add the share.

    Authentication is preferable over no authentication, so select "Yes, Authentication Required" for the Enable File Sharing option, then type in a name and password below the option.

    The workgroup name is the name of the Windows workgroup the router will appear in. "Homegroup" networking, new in Windows 7, is not supported. However, browse master browsing being what it is, the IP address is going to be far more reliable than names. If the moons all properly align and browse master chooses to function properly, then you should see the router appear with the name you assigned to the router under Basic/Identification.

    And I have to mention this, but don't forget to hit the Save button after you've got it all configured how you want it.
  11. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

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