how to reuse/recover a nslu2 disk

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by rich, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. rich

    rich Network Guru Member

    I have an WD disk...pre-rolled in a usb 2 enclosure.....that I was using on a I would like to use it on a PC BUT I cannot get access to it because it still has the password protection from the I cannot write to it...I have Linux and XP how can I clean this up. I've tried a reformat...and that appears to work but I'm still locked out of the disk...I've tried to get at it as SU on the Linux machine but that has not worked...

    Suggestions would be appreciated...I'm sure it is something simple that I don't know.
  2. rich

    rich Network Guru Member

    I must have been sleeping...I reformatted it and evrything works fine...thought that's what I did the first time...oh well...time to build a RAID box for network storage...
  3. rich

    rich Network Guru Member

    didn't work

    I can write to the disk from an XP machine but the Linux box says it's a read only drive...
  4. Melvin Ganik

    Melvin Ganik LI Guru Member

    If I had this type of problem, I think I'd try to make sure I really did everything I could to remove any protection. Perhaps using XP, I'd connect the USB drive directly to a USB port, and then I'd pull up Disk Management (right click on My Computer, select Manage, etc.). Using Disk Management, I'd delete the current partition on the drive, and then set up a new partition.

    Oh, but I'm not sure if that'll work on XP if the disk is currently formatted EXT3. Might work if you have some EXT2/3 drivers installed on XP, but I'm not sure about that. Since the disk has protection, it must be EXT3. Can you delete the current partition by using your Linux machine?
  5. Melvin Ganik

    Melvin Ganik LI Guru Member

    Another idea: Maybe try Gparted to re-partition and re-format the drive. I've recently used it on a LiveCD (see: It's a really nice program! Highly recommended! And it supports a large number of formats (NTFS, FAT, EXT2/3, etc.).

    Final last resort idea: Open up the external USB drive housings, and directly connect the hard drive to one of your computers. Then try the re-partition and re-format.
  6. rich

    rich Network Guru Member

    Thank you for the suggestions..that's sorta the road I'm going to go down...I like the gparted disk idea...will try that..

    I have 3 nslu2's and I think I am going to build a dedicated storage machine so it's time to recover these disks...maybe I'll put some other software on the nslu2's and see if I can get them to do other things...a print server would be nice!

    Thank you!
  7. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Have you tried unslung ? I want to change from debian to unslung and I need an opinion.
  8. rich

    rich Network Guru Member I have not but I'm about to try some other FW on the nslu2...since I use Ubuntu on my PC's I'm probably going to try the debian for the nslu2...

  9. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Oke, I'm looking forward for your opinion...
  10. rich

    rich Network Guru Member progress to's still on the to do list but right now getting over a bit of flu + a toothache has taken priority!

  11. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    OT: Iaik, sorry to hear that. Take care !
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