R72 & Ntfs

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by BlueFin, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. BlueFin

    BlueFin LI Guru Member

    Hi to all.

    I've just purchased the NSLU2 and wanted to get some answers to using NTFS on disk port 1 & 2.

    I've upgraded my FM from R25 to R72 but I wanted to check if I/should use NTFS on disk 1 & 2. My main concern for using NTFS is that incase anything hanppens to the NSLU2 or the drive I can then slave the drive into my windows box and retrieve the data.
  2. Koala_b

    Koala_b LI Guru Member

    With R72, you must put your NTFS disk on port 2.

    It's even possible to put a Hub with more than one NTFS disks (so, all behind the port 2).

    To boost the tranfer of big NTFS files, it's recommended to add a disk on the port 1 (formatted by the NSLU2 itself) to permit the use of a swap partition (and, to permit to use the users groups and users permissions if you need tese functions, because they're notpossible in a only NTFS disk configuration).

    The only restriction with the R72 is that this drive must be greater than 10GB (20GB works) to be recognized as hard drive --and not as a Flash disk-- before to be formatted EXT3.

  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    If data retrieval is all your worried about, then dont worry. You can get to that data no matter how its formatted. True Windows does not natively read ext2 or 3 files but there are several very small programs that work extremely well, and once installed you simply plug the drive in via usb and it reads it just like it does ntfs or fat32.
  4. BlueFin

    BlueFin LI Guru Member

    Thanks guys. Went doen the Ext3 route since finding http://www.fs-driver.org/ on this forum. Tested it and it worked fine.
  5. shabbs

    shabbs LI Guru Member

    I just updated my NSLU2's firmware to R72 from R63 and the name of my disk in Port 2 (NTFS) went from HDD_2_1_1 to HDD_1_1. I have an EXT3 disk plugged into Port 1.

    Does that make sense?

  6. Koala_b

    Koala_b LI Guru Member

    "Make sens"... I don't know, espacially with the Linksys' fantasy...

    But, it's correct (on my R72):
    - if a disk formated in NTSF is on port 2, it's reported as HDD_1_1 (under Windows or under the Web interface of the NSLU2), If a Hub is attached with other disks, you will have HDD_1_1, HDD_2_1, HDD_3_1... If you have more than one partition on a disk, saying disk 1, you will have HDD_1_2, HDD_1_3...etc
    - if a disk formated in EXT3 by the NSLU2 is on Port 1, this disk is reported under Windows directly under its 2 main Directories (Private "Admin 1" and Public "Disk 1"). Strangly, if you use the navigation inside the Web interface of the NSLU2, you can see directly the "Disk 1" under the public access (but "Disk 1" is not written on screen); but if you want to access the private dat you can see teh "Admin 1" as a directory (with an administrator account). NB: from Windows the "Admin 1" is not accessible (protected by the root account -unknown password-- of the NSLU2.

    EDIT: FYI, with the firmware 2.3R73, the logic of the Ports seems reversed (NTFS on port 1, and Ext2/3 on port 2), and the HDD are named like HDD_1_1_1 (and not like HDD_1_1) where the numbers identify the Ports/HDDs/Partitions.
  7. shabbs

    shabbs LI Guru Member

    Interesting. I ended up adding a USB hub to Port 2 and connecting three 500GB disks to it. They show up as HDD_1_1, HDD_2_1 and HDD_3_1. Very nice.

  8. kandreas

    kandreas LI Guru Member

    Can you please send me firmware 2.3R73. Thanks a lot
  9. shabbs

    shabbs LI Guru Member

    I don't have R73. If you read the thread, you'll see I'm using R72. If you look around on the forum, you'll see that anyone that has been given R73 by Linksys has been told they are not allowed to distribute it. We'll just have to wait until it's been made publicly available by Linksys.

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