WRTSL54GS Problems with NTFS Drive?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stevenme, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. stevenme

    stevenme Network Guru Member

    I thought I read that the WRTSL54GS supports NTFS partitions? I connected a FAT formatted USB drive and it works fine. When I connect an NTFS formatted USB drive and connect to it through the router, the filesystem is garbage. The folder and file names are strange characters. Also, the WRTSL shows the drive as a FAT2, which is not good. Has anyone used an NTFS drive on the WRTSL? Thanks!

  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    And where did you read NTFS was supported?

    Several people, me among them, said NTFS READ-ONLY seemed to be possible in some very preliminary testing with OpenWRT. No one has said it's supported at this point.

    It's possible Tofu firmware has a better grip on this problem, but that's also in a "use at own risk" phase. If you want production usage, stick with Linksys firmware and FAT32.
  3. stevenme

    stevenme Network Guru Member

    How about this:

    Linksys today announced three new products focused on making your digital media more accessible. First, the rumors were true of plans to integrate the functionality of the NSLU2 into a Wireless-G router. Today's introduction of the WRTSL54GS combines a Speedbooster enabled Wireless-G 10/100 4-port broadband router with a USB 2.0 port and built in UPnP server. The USB 2.0 port enables users to connect a hard drive or flash storage device and will support both FAT32 and NTFS out of the box.

    I found this on the following page:

    Sigh, I knew it was too good to be true!

  4. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    That's really funny, your link takes me to MicroSoft main page. Perhaps the LinksysInfo guys got bad info from their sources, nothing I could find at Linksys site about NTFS support.

    Basically NTFS support in Linux kernels is great for read-only mode. Not so great for constant use as a writable volume.

    I run my disk in ext3 which is better anyhow.
  5. stevenme

    stevenme Network Guru Member

    I messed up the link you with an extra http, here's the correction:


    Scroll down to the section "Update Time - New Linksys Products" and you'll find the NTFS reference there. Not too surprising since this is a marketing press release.

    From a technical perspective, I don't see why it's so difficult to support an NTFS format. Seems like yet another Linksys shortcut to me. I like the gear and what it does, I just hate the surprise that lurks in every box!

  6. jor

    jor Network Guru Member

    It's not a linksys problem - linux has struggled with ntfs and anything beyond read only is considered living on the edge. It shouldn't be a surprise to you.

    Why - because it's a closed source product that MS keeps changing for some reason.
  7. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Yeah if you read a few NTFS FAQ out on the web, you'll find that NTFS is not actually a very stable standard like ext2, etc. They messed around with it in just about every flavor of Windows.

    Even the Windows gurus I know say, if you want portable drives use FAT32. If you format a NTFS drive on Win2003 and try to move it back and forth a lot with NT4 box you will probably have issues.

    I think I'd go with either FAT32 if you want maximal WinBlows portability, or ext3 if you want good performance and the safety of journaling.
  8. stevenme

    stevenme Network Guru Member

    According to the Linksys docs, only FAT and NTFS are supported.

    Since the router is running Linux, I wouldn't be surprised if it had undocumented support for ext3. If I don't have access to Linux, is there any way I can format the usb drive in ext3?

    FAT32 is limited to 32GB partitions, and there's that nasty Linux bug that doesn't allow >1GB files to be copied. I'd really perfer NTFS, but I'll settle for ext3 if I can figure out how to do the format. Thanks!

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