NSLU2 + 512MB Flash + FAT32 HD

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by miljbee, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. miljbee

    miljbee Guest

    Dear all,

    I have read a lot of posts and tuto here and there, but things are still not clear for me.

    I have a HD formated with Fat32 full of data that i don't want to erase or reformat. I want to make these data available in my lan. I don't mind setting security on files/folders, I just need to be able to read and write them from any device on my lan.

    From what I have understand,
    - Fat32 is supported with latest official firmware
    - the nslu2 absolutely needs a filesystem build on ext3 to store its config
    - the official firmware isn't able to format drives < 10 GB
    - i can set the partitions needed on the flash drive with a computer and some partitionning software (Paragon Partition Manager 8 ?)
    - to finish the process, i need to access nslu2 via telnet to replace fdisk with a dummy file, so the utility will only copy needed files on the flashdrive and won't attempt to partition and format it.
    - eventualy, i could "optimize" the swap partion usage
    - once done, the nslu2 will be able to boot correctly with the flash drive and nothing else
    - in some cases, if I try to boot the nslu2 with the hd and the flash drive, the nslu2 won't work, because it will try to find its conf on the hd.

    Knowing all this, I plan to set up my nslu2 with a 512MB FlashDrive, and once done and working, adding my existing fat32 hd

    Here are the questions :
    - Do I need an unofficial firmware to gain a telnet access to the nslu2 ?
    - Is there a way to solve the problem of the startup with both hd and stick plugged ?
    - Does the usb flashdrive needs to be on port 1 or 2 or doesn't matter ?
    - Do i need to firstly flash the nslu2 with unslug ? will it be easier ?

    Thank you for your help !
  2. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Wait. Back up there. From what you said you had and need (a FAT32 HD with data to be made available to other computers on your LAN), you don't need to mess with formatting the 512 MB flash drive to ext3.

    All you would have to do with the HD is simply attach it to the USB Port 2 and configure the NSLU2 for sharing on your LAN. All LAN computers would potentially have unrestricted read/write access to the HD and all its data.

    It is as simple as that IF you have no need to restrict access to the HD. The firmware on the NSLU2 must be R63 or higher.
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