Why can't I see a 250GB USB 2.0 HDD?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by MysteryShopper, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. MysteryShopper

    MysteryShopper Network Guru Member

    I already use my NSLU2 with a Freecom 60GB 2.5" HDD which works like a charm. I recently bought a Freecom 250GB 3.5" HDD which on a Win XP box I can see and use without problem. I cannot however see it at all on the NSLU2 - not even to format. The web interface shows 'Not installed' and no LED lights up. I've tried both USB slots. I've seen plenty f references to big disks in this forum, so it's not a size thing, right?

    Do I need to F-Disk this new drive or something?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. warhammer

    warhammer Network Guru Member

    Had same prob bought the slug new out of box I updated the firmware fixed problem...for me

    if I remeber slugs address out of box is
    password user name = admin Password = admin

    also check out this site has some good info http://www.fampennings.nl/maarten/nslu2/nslu2.html
  3. jaytkay

    jaytkay Network Guru Member

    My NSLU2 sometimes cannot find the HD.

    Rebooting once or twice fixes it.
  4. PedrosPad

    PedrosPad Network Guru Member

    I've a Buffalo 250GB external USB drive with an 'auto power on' feature - the drive powers up when it spots activity on the USB cable. Due to timings, this causes the NSLU2 to miss it sometimes, requiring me to reboot of the NSLU2 a second time.

    Oddly enough my other drive is also a Freecom 250GB 3.5" HDD, and that one gives me the least problems.
  5. MysteryShopper

    MysteryShopper Network Guru Member

    Thanks, guys: rebooting is never a very satisfting solution but all too often it's what works. (Imagine if you were driving along and had to ask everybody to get out of the car and slam the doors before getting back in again and setting off.) I'll give it a try.
  6. MysteryShopper

    MysteryShopper Network Guru Member

    Nope - no joy. I've re-booted the Slug around ten times now - all with the same results: the blue LED on the front of the Freecom HDD comes on for 15 secs and then goes out. The green LED on the Slug for Disk 2 never comes on.

    Any ideas?
  7. BiffoTheBear

    BiffoTheBear Network Guru Member

    I had this when I connected a drive formatted under XP to NTFS to port 2 on the NSLU2.

    NTFS does not work on port 2 at all.
    NTFS is partially supported on port 1.

    EXT3 is the native mode of the NSLU2 and works fine on both ports.
  8. Prickle

    Prickle Network Guru Member

    Large HDD Problems

    I have noticed a few posts relating to problems with large Hard Disks, and I thought that I would chuck this in in case it helps anyone.

    I have a NSLU2 running V2.3R63 firmware and attached a 320GB Western Digital drive in a cheap Laser external case to Port 1.
    Initially I could not even access it when I first purchased the drive, it wouldnt even allow me to format it.

    I plugged the drive (In its USB Enclosure) into my PC and formatted it first under XP, and then put it back on the NSLU2, and it formatted fine to EXT3 and hasn't missed a beat since.

    I dont know if this helps anyone, but I thought I'd give it a try.
  9. Skotzmun

    Skotzmun Network Guru Member

    I think the magic word here is "Freecom"

    Sadly, MysteryShopper, it looks very like the problem is not the size of the disc, but the "F"-word.

    I have the same issue with a 120G Freecom Classic, as detailed here, while in this separate thread user d__l posts a link to a Yahoo groups thingy that does indicate problems with Freecom stuff.

    Sadly, I've been posting on both this site and the Freecom site, but with absolutely no response from either of the tech-teams (only from other users) it looks like we're up a blind alley here, and I now own a Fail2com HDD and will be returning my Linkless NSLU2. :sadbye:

    And I so wanted it to work :sad:
  10. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I added my Western Digital 250Gb drive just fine, no issues. I'm currently running unSlung 5.5beta. I recently added an Acomdata 160Gb USB 2.0 drive just fine. It is probably something with the Freecom drive, take it back if you still can and by another drive that is more popular. Don't forget to have a look at the NSLU user group as the have a database http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nslu2-general/database
  11. Skotzmun

    Skotzmun Network Guru Member

    Unfortunately, I've been using the Freecom disc with no problems for a little over a year now.

    The NSLU2 was the newbie device - so that's the one that Santa's getting back unless someone from Linksys tells me they're working on it... anyone got Santa's return address?

  12. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Some of the previous firmware revisions fixed the compatability problems with other chipsets. Linksys may do so in the future for the Freecom units, but that isn't something that you can count on.

    Frankly I'd say that they are due for a revision soon to fix NTFS bugs.
  13. Skotzmun

    Skotzmun Network Guru Member

    Official Confirmation of INCOMPATIBILTY with Freecom

    Just got off the phone to Linksys support, and they have confirmed to me that currently the NSLU2 does NOT work with Freecom discs.

    So... it's official. Dammit. :sad: :sadbye: :sad:
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