Re: External HD format
- If you go to a shell prompt and type:
then enter "l" at the prompt you get a list of supported filing
You will see that FAT16,FAT32 and NTFS are supported. Here is the
list (reformatted). The first column is the ID and the second is the
file system type:
1b Hidden Win95 FA
64 Novell Netware
bb Boot Wizard hid
1c Hidden Win95 FA
65 Novell Netware
c1 DRDOS/sec (FAT-
2 XENIX root
1e Hidden Win95 FA
70 DiskSecure Mult
c4 DRDOS/sec (FAT-
3 XENIX usr
24 NEC DOS
c6 DRDOS/sec (FAT-
4 FAT16 <32M
39 Plan 9
80 Old Minix
81 Minix / old Lin
da Non-FS data
40 Venix 80286
82 Linux swap
db CP/M / CTOS / .
41 PPC PReP Boot
de Dell Utility
84 OS/2 hidden C:
9 AIX bootable
85 Linux extended
e1 DOS access
a OS/2 Boot Manag
4e QNX4.x 2nd part
86 NTFS volume set e3 DOS R/O
b Win95 FAT32
4f QNX4.x 3rd part
87 NTFS volume set
c Win95 FAT32 (LB
50 OnTrack DM
8e Linux LVM
eb BeOS fs
e Win95 FAT16 (LB
51 OnTrack DM6 Aux
ee EFI GPT
f Win95 Ext'd (LB
94 Amoeba BBT
ef EFI (FAT-12/16/
53 OnTrack DM6 Aux
f0 Linux/PA-RISC b
11 Hidden FAT12
a0 IBM Thinkpad hi
12 Compaq diagnost
14 Hidden FAT16 <3
56 Golden Bow
f2 DOS secondary
16 Hidden FAT16
5c Priam Edisk
fd Linux raid auto
17 Hidden HPFS/NTF
b7 BSDI fs
18 AST SmartSleep
63 GNU HURD or Sys
b8 BSDI swap
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. Put
the drive in a linux machine, then use a root account to do whatever
you want to the partition. This has saved my ass a couple of times.
--- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "Taka Torimoto"
> 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 external
> (USB) drive?
- --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "John Peach"
> Here is a little hacking technique for you. If you have an NTFSPut
> 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 dowhatever
> you want to the partition. This has saved my ass a couple oftimes.
> --- 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.