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Author Topic: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.  (Read 21416 times)

vishnumrao

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2010, 03:28:50 PM »

I do use ffp. The external hard drives are about 60% full. And that is my back up drives. The main goal of hooking up the external hard drives to the USB port on the 323 is to back up the contents of the NAS to the USB device using rsync.
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jamieburchell

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2010, 03:36:33 PM »

So the problem is that you can't get your external USB drives recognised with usb-storage.ko? Or that you can't mount them?
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vishnumrao

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2010, 04:17:21 PM »

dmesg shows that the correct Hard disk model etc. But when I try to mount it, the NAS either hangs or gives me a segmentation fault!

Any suggestions?
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jamieburchell

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2010, 04:24:33 AM »

Yes, why not use "mke2fs -j /dev/sdc1" (or whatever device and partition it is) to format the NTFS partition on your USB drive as EXT3? Then you can happily mount it natively in the DNS-323 and use "ext2fsd" to read it in Windows.
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vishnumrao

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2010, 07:18:31 PM »

I can't format my Externals! I have data on them. I don't have spares to transfer the data out to!!
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jamieburchell

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2010, 04:37:54 AM »

I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve by connecting these full drives to the DNS-323 in the first place really.

Is it so you can share them over the network, or so you can backup files from the NAS?

If it's to share them over the network, put the data on the NAS?

Some routers also support sharing hard drives. It would be much quicker attaching it to a computer.
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vishnumrao

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2010, 10:03:48 PM »

The answer to  your question is: I am trying both.

1. The external HDD is partially full about 65% full.  I would like to share the contents of the external drive in the network.

2. There is are some directories in the NAS that I would like to back up regularly. So I want to back up to the external drive.

Yes, I am aware of routers that have usb hard drive sharing capabilities. But I don't have them and do not plan to buy one of those.
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jamieburchell

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Re: Connecting to External Hard Drive connected to DNS-323's USB port.
« Reply #22 on: September 25, 2010, 12:49:31 AM »

If there is any way you could transfer the data from your USB drive to the NAS and/or a PC/USB stick/drive so you can format it as EXT2/3, it would make mounting the drive and setting this up much simpler, negating the use of NTFS modules. You can then easily transfer the data back, mount it, use it as backup etc.
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