WRTSL54GS vs NSLU2 (question before buying) plz reply

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Starkill3r, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Starkill3r

    Starkill3r LI Guru Member

    Hi guys I did some reading on this forum about both devices.
    I notinced that WRTSL54GS has problems reading drives formated with NTFS and NSLU2 has some similar issues to but I still have some questions that I need to ask.

    1.) Is there any support for NTSF on WRTSL54GS at all even on non linksys firmaware ?

    2.) If I decide to format my Drive with FAT32 and my HDD is Seagate 300GB what should I do to get one partition not serval for 32GB each (is FAT32 only able to go up to 32GB per partition ?)

    3.) I read that some ppl even have 500GB drives connected to it. Do u have like X amount of patition devided to 32GB each on your drives ???

    4.) What is the better choice to buy WRTSL54GS or NSLU2 plus linksys router) and use with external usb hdd ?

    Thank You
  2. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    FAT32 has no issue supporting large drives. Therefor you would not need to partition it up. Most external HD's come formatted out of the box with FAT32. The only disadvantage is taht NTFS is more efficient with large drives and FAT32 has a maximum filesize of 2GBs.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    afaik the WRTSL54GS supports FAT32 read/write but only read access for NTFS
  4. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Yep, Write-support for NTFS volumes is not safe in Linux.

    NTFS is not well-documented, and it changes in every version of Windows so it's incorrect to just call it NTFS anyhow. We should really say NTFS-NT4.0 or NTFS-2000 or NTFS-XP. Even Windows admins that I know recommend using FAT if you are going to move a disk around a lot between differing Windows versions.

    Hence the Linux folks feel safe enough doing read-only support for generic NTFS because it isn't going to bork any files. Mainly people use it for recovering files from machines anyhow.

    HyperWRT supports ReiserFS which is quite good. I think Thibor was looking into supporting EXT3 format. If you are not going to move the drive to a Windows platform these are great choices.
  5. Starkill3r

    Starkill3r LI Guru Member

    All my home systems are xp base. Will I be alble to use 300Gb as one partition in XP under FAT32 ?
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    although Win2k and WinXP can mount FAT32 volumes of any size, they both afaik can format FAT32 volumes up to 32 GB only. you need a either WinME which can create afaik upto 127Gb partition format FAT32, or partition magic or the drives own utility disk which should help.
  7. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    There hasn't been a problem formatting a HD in ext3 on the NSLU2 and then installing ext3 reading drivers in XP for when you might feel the need to read the ext3 external HD directly with XP instead of going through the NSLU2.

    People have done this for emergency reads of the ext3 drive, but I don't know if anyone moves the ext3-formatted HDs between XP and the NSLU2 on a regular basis.
  8. Starkill3r

    Starkill3r LI Guru Member

    so WRTSL54GS should be a choice if I only have one ext USB HDD ?
    also since my drive was formated to NTFS I will het to refprmat it with Partition magic to FAT32 ?
    and will Partition Magic be able to handle full capacity of my HDD as one partition in FAT32 ?

    Thanx for all ur help guys
  9. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    you can use more than one drive with the SL54 if you hook up a USB hub.
  10. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    yeah that should be the case Starkill3r, check with partition magic software though, i aint an expert in it.
  11. Starkill3r

    Starkill3r LI Guru Member

    thanx for quick replys guys :)
  12. meq123

    meq123 Network Guru Member

    You'll have no problem formatting your entire 300GB as a single FAT32 partition, either via Windows XP or using Partition Magic (I've done both).

    BUT... The SL has real flaky problems with FAT32 drives especially copying large files. They seem to copy OK in the end, but you get erratic progress bar and error messages and 0-length files that make it look like it hasn't copied (then when you come back later it's actually there!).

    ReiserFS drives have no such problems and (if you use Thibor14 firmware) will automount and work just fine. You have to manually mount them with Linksys FW though.

    Thus, your best bet: ReiserFS formatted drive and Thibor14 firmware.
  13. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    I have a 250GB seagate drive, partitioned on 2 partitions - 200GB FAT32 and 50GB FAT32. Both are mounted, shared and heavily used on my NSLU2.
  14. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I poked around a bit yesterday. I had an easy time getting EXT2/EXT3 drivers for Windows. So the flash-drive I use on my SL which is EXT3 formatted, read easily on my laptop then.

    However from what I am reading the ReiserFS drivers for Windows is not in such a finished state. Has anyone played with them?
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