--- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com
, "John Peach"
> Here is a little hacking technique for you. If you have an NTFS
> partition but you do not have security priv to read/write to it.
> the drive in a linux machine, then use a root account to do
> you want to the partition. This has saved my ass a couple of
> --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "Taka Torimoto"
> <ttorimoto@y...> wrote:
> > What are the compatible external (USB) hard drive formats for
> > read/write on the LinkStation?
> > I assume FAT32 will work for both read/write...
> > do we have read/write access to NTFS formatted HDs on the
> > (USB) drive?
Linux write access to NTFS is very sketchy and not included in the
LS's OS by default. Currently there are two ways to enable write
1) Compile the kernel/module with the "dangerous" write support
turned on. In this case it works okay only if you are editing
existing files and never changing the overall size of the edited
files (at least don't make them ask for more allocation space).
2) Use "captive-ntfs", which actually uses the Microsoft NTFS driver
with a Linux "wrapper" around it. It seems to have very poor
performance, but worse yet, if you crash, unplug, etc the drive
without unmounting it, you will lose the entire file system! At
least that is what happened to me once. Otherwise it does work, and
works great for hacking into Windows/NTFS disks to try to fix them
so they will boot up again.
If that external hard drive is *normally* going to be used on the
LS, you might consider just formatting it EXT3, then it will give
the best performance with the linkstation. If you ever need to plug
it into a Windows machine, there are ways to do that with extra
software or drivers.