wrtsl54gs and usb microdrive

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by plugh, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. plugh

    plugh Network Guru Member

    I've moved away from using the sl54 as my primary disk server, but the other day I picked up one of those pocket usb microdrives (uses 1 inch hdd).

    Not huge storage capacity (currently can find 2GB to 8GB models), but one nice thing is that you can simply plug it directly into the sl54 - ie no need for external power. (At one time I tried a usb powered 2.5" drive, but power demand was to great for sl54). It also appears that when idle the microdrive doesn't spin - at least the one I bought is dead silent / no vibration when not being accessed (and whisper quiet when active).

    So why bother with such a small disk? In my case, I mainly wanted to have something to use with the sl54 ftp server for the occasional xfer to/from internet. Also comes in handy for those occasions when you want to transfer something between pc's but can't do it directly - ie one system is off, share permissions don't permit write, whatever... ie as a temporary / transient storage area...

    Anyway, I thought this was an interesting 'marriage' of technologies - the sl54 storage server and the 1" microdrive.

    PS - One thing to watch for if you go this route: make sure the drive's usb connector is oriented so the drive doesn't interfere with the ethernet jacks. One I looked at would have, the one I bought didn't.

    PPS - Why a microdrive rather than a flash drive? Basically, I had to many questions / unknowns about using a flash drive with the sl54 in this application, and the (sale) price was right...
  2. plugh

    plugh Network Guru Member

    Hmmm. Probably should have posted this over in the "WRTXXX" forum rather than here. Can a mod move it?
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