More than 2 disks in R63?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by itsmeohmy, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. itsmeohmy

    itsmeohmy Network Guru Member

    I previously found this info that implies that it might be possible to use more than 2 drives with the default firmware from Linksys (and not Unslug):

    I have now tested this with a USB-hub with two harddrives connected to either port 1 or 2 at the same time a third disk is connected to the other port on the NSLU2.

    Unfortunately the NSLU2 only detects 2 disks in any combination I can think of, and I can't see that the interface supports more drives.

    Has anyone successfully managed to use three or more drives with R63?

    (I only use ext3-drives)
  2. frusti

    frusti Network Guru Member

    An USB-Hub is only supported on port 1 and only with ntfs/fat32 drives. It is not possible to have more than one ext3 drive on one port, but it worked on my nslu2 to attach 3 ntfs drives on port one
  3. itsmeohmy

    itsmeohmy Network Guru Member

    Thankyou for the information frusti!

    Is it possible to have a one EXT3 drive on the hub together with the NTFS-disks or is it only possible to have either NTFS-drives or EXT3 on port 1?

    (I can't seem to find the EXT3-drive when I connect the NTFS-disk on port 1, but I have an odd USB-drive for the NTFS-disk with an integrated USB-hub, and I'm not really sure about how they are connected.)
  4. PedrosPad

    PedrosPad Network Guru Member

    This sounds mightly interesting. :)

    How do you access/reference them from the clients? Or I guess the question, more accurately, is how do you map shares to the additional drives? Does the share drive pulldown contain "Disk 3", in addition to 1 & 2?

    Also, would 2 drives one port (via a hub) and a KeyDrive in the other be possible? Maybe the KeyDrive could be ext3 (for the NSLU2 to store user details and configuration, and the rest NTFS.
  5. frusti

    frusti Network Guru Member

    I described my experiment with different drives in another tread. Here is the summary:

    First you do have more possibilities (security, shares and so on) with an ext3 disk (formatted by the nslu2). I formatted a disk with my linux computer as ext3 and it always shows up as unformatted.
    It was also not possible to mix nfts/fat32 and ext3.

    So I have one disk attached to port 2 formatted by the nslu2 and an usb-hub on port one.

    If you attach ntfs/fat32 disks to the hub they all show up as HDD_1_1_1, HDD_1_2_1, HDD_1_2_2 and so on. The first number is the port, the second is the disk and the third is the partition on the disk. So you can attach as many disks with as many partitions (I tested it with 3 disks each with 3 partitions) as you like (only NTFS and FAT32).

    But be carefully. I think the name of the disk depends on the time it is recognized by the nslu2. So if you power up disk 1 before disk 2 disks 1 has the Network Name HDD_1_1_1 and when you power up disk 2 before 1 one disk 2 has the network name HDD_1_1_1 and disk one HDD_1_2_1.
    Flash drives I think show up as FDD_1_1_1 and so on, but I did not test this.

    Security was also discussed a lot, but if you do not have the guest account activated only users who are authenticated can connect to the drive. But all users configured on the NSLU2 have the same rights (read and write) on the ntfs/fat32 drives (I did not test this a lot, because I use the nslu2 only at home).
  6. PedrosPad

    PedrosPad Network Guru Member

    Very helpful. :)
    (I'm new here, missed your other thread - sry for making you repeat yourself, but thx).
  7. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    To add to what frusti has said, you can connect at least two flash drives through a hub to usb1 and they are labeled as FLASH_1_1_1 and FLASH_1_2_1.

    I also found that you can mix a flash and an ext3 HD on usb1, but the NSLU2 acted as if no ext3 was connected as far as functionality was concerned. Curiously no public files on the ext3 drive could be read, only the public files on the flash, but the private files on the ext3 drive were readable. Didn't try to write anything for fear of screwing up the files. I wouldn't recommend anyone using the NSLU2 with this arrangement.
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