I would like to use NSLU2 with ONLY a (small) flash drive

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by mryome, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. mryome

    mryome LI Guru Member

    Hello there

    Sorry if the question has already been asked, I searched through the last 6 or 7 pages of threads and did not find the answer to that question :

    How can I use the NSLU2 with ONLY a flash drive and no HD drive ? Is it possible ?

    I have upgraded to the latest firmware, and the only files I have to share on my network are small XLS files, and I'm fed up with hard drive working 24/24 just for some MB of datas... Is there a way to do that ?

    Thanks in advance for your help... I hope there is a solution... I'm not so expert as some people there, so I would appreciate a "novice" answer ;)

  2. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    This is pretty easy. Use R63 (the latest firmware listed on the Linksys site) or later firmware. I use R63 so my USB port numbers will reflect that.

    Plug the FAT32 formated flash drive into USB port 2 and that is it. You will not be able to format the flash drive with Linksys firmware to the native EXT3 format unless it exceeds 10 GB which would effectively mean that you would need to buy a 16 GB drive.

    So if you are limited to the FAT32 file system, you will not be able to set a password or shares on the drive. The default admin/admin will always be your ID/Password to access NSLU2. This would pose a security risk if you allow others on your LAN.

    If you continuallywrite/erase numberous small files, you periodically might want to use the internal restart button in the NSLU2 as the read/write speeds seem to slowdown significantly once a bunch of files have been written and then erased to the drive. I've found the slwodown to occur after about 8 to 10K of file writes/deletes. If you leave your unit on 24/7, you might automate this to the early morning hours once a week if that file limit isn't exceeded within that time.
  3. mryome

    mryome LI Guru Member

    OK ! Thanks !

    And if I format my flash drive (which is less than 10MB) in Ext3 (is it possible ?), it won't work with the NSLU2 ?

    That's not really documents that have to be confidentials, so I will let them accessible by everyone if I can't use passwords...

    In any case, thanks for your answer ;)
  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    There is a set limit in the NSLU2 with factory firmware which doesn't allow you to format any drive less than 10 GB in size. When it sees a drive that size or smaller, it decides it is a flash drive in FAT32 format.
  5. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I use a 1GB flash disk in my slug with UnSlung Firmware, but its just used to boot and the 2nd USB connects to a TV box
  6. mryome

    mryome LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your answers !

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