What's so special about DriveStation formatting?
- Hello, I've just joined you guys as a proud owner of a 250GB
LinkStation and a 250GB DriveStation.
My first lesson was, you can't connect the two and expect to write
to the DriveStation over the network until you format it FROM the
Second lesson, once you've done that, you can't plug the
DriveStation into a "normal" PC and read it!
So, my plans for a multi-purpose portable drive went out the window.
Either, leave it attached to the LinkStation or don't expect to use
it as a network share. So, can any of you experienced guys explain a
bit more about this formatting, I assume it's not FAT32 then?
Secondly, whilst I had it connected to the LinkStation and working
as a network share, I placed some important data on the
DriveStation. After I tried using the Drivestation straight in to a
PC (and failing) I plugged it back into the LinkStation and it's now
completely corrupted! It shows up as 100% full in the status window
(it was only about 10%) and full of folders with random character
names, none of which can be opened. Have I lost my data, and more
importantly, have I "bricked" it?
I'm hoping I can re-format it from the LS or use the Buffalo
formatting utility on a PC to re-format it as FAT32. - Happy days,
had nothing better to do this week!
- Quoting bob_valder <rvalder@...>:
> Hello, I've just joined you guys as a proud owner of a 250GBI'm a fairly new owner of the first, but I haven't picked up a DriveStation yet.
> LinkStation and a 250GB DriveStation.
Maybe in a month or so when I can afford one. :-)
> My first lesson was, you can't connect the two and expect to writeI'm a little surprised that Buffalo didn't included other filesystem drivers in
> to the DriveStation over the network until you format it FROM the
the LinkStation firmware, but in order to do a proper backup of the LinkStation
filesystem the DriveStation probably also needs to have a Linux filesystem.
> Second lesson, once you've done that, you can't plug theParagon software has a $30 program that will allow Windows boxes to read and
> DriveStation into a "normal" PC and read it!
write ext2fs and ext3fs partitions.
> So, my plans for a multi-purpose portable drive went out the window.It's ext3fs, the "journaling" version of ext2fs. The LinkStation runs Linux,
> Either, leave it attached to the LinkStation or don't expect to use
> it as a network share. So, can any of you experienced guys explain a
> bit more about this formatting, I assume it's not FAT32 then?
and its use of a filesystem other than FAT32 was a big selling point for me
(FAT32 isn't a particularly elegant solution).
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- I also have a linkstation 250 and a drivestation 250... Separately
they are great, but together they are, well, disappointing.
What I have found:
1. The ds will appear as a share (assuming that option is enabled)
with the name usbdisk1. This cannot be changed and none of the user
access controls can be applied.
2. The LS will read a FAT32 formated ds, but not allow writing.
3. The ds must be set to always on - the usb auto power will not
4. The ds must be completely on and intialised and connected to the
ls before the ls is switched on! I give it around 5mins to be sure.
5. The ls backup feature has hung several times on me (ls fw 2.05,
and 2.06)... Manually copying the files worked though.
I also want to have a fat32 ds as a backup so that I can access my
data easily if the ls fails. I have now upgraded my ls to openlink
0.52b because I have been advised that it is possible with the
I hope this helps,
- I echo Ian findings. If you have played with your linkstation for more the
a few hours you know more about it then Buffalo's tech support. However,
the Linkstation is not popular because of the excellent tech support. It's
popular because it's a decent Linux device to hack. JR
----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Adams" <larryjadams@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:55 AM
Subject: RE: [LinkStation_General] Re: What's so special about DriveStation
>Did you attempt to contact Buffalo's tech support?