RE: [nslu2-general] DEFINATE BUG !!! "Not Installed / Not formatted" status
- any idea how I can recover the data?
From: K. Carter Sr. [mailto:KC.Lists.Development@...]
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 10:58 AM
Subject: [nslu2-general] DEFINATE BUG !!! "Not Installed / Not
Your equiptment is not the problem. I've had the same problem as
many people are experiencing. A perfectly working NSLU2 for what
ever the reason hiccups and your hard drive is no longer there. The
NSLU2 reports your hard drive as Not Installed, "left the building",
The only way to get it back is to re-format the drive. But WAIT!
When I check the drive using several different programs that can
read & write to the drive, they all show everything is there and in
order. I can use the drive just fine attached to anything EXCEPT the
NSLU2 and access the files. I've also used a plethora of different
USB chipsets with different cases. The NSLU2 still has the same
problem. I've even used a direct USB 2.0 to IDE cable capable of
handling drives over 250 GB and that didn't stop the problem from re-
When this problem happens, even though there is nothing physically
wrong with the hard drive, you have to re-format it to get the NSLU2
to want to talk to it again. WEIRD!!!
Also, I was able to create the problem I think (I haven't done this
more than once, maybe someone should follow up on this), if I
altered the time stamp on the passwd file (by coping and resaving it
back to the hard drive, the NSLU2 refused to recognize the drive
ever again until I reformatted it again, like I said before, even
though there is nothing wrong with the drive or the files on it.
I've figured out other ways to get the NSLU2 to stop talking to the
hard drive too, sometimes accessing a file with the uid set to root,
or aborting a large file transfer, etc..., And once it's gone, it's
I'm tring to figure out how to get it to re-recognize the drive
after it has this problem. The problem is that even if I do figure
out how to get the NSLU2 to see the HD again. It's just a matter of
days, sometimes hours before something causes the NSLU to hiccup
again and loose the hard drive. This needs a permanent solution.
Oh well, back to the drawing board. If anyone figures out why the
NSLU2 can't talk to the HD after and error, REPLY PLEEESE...
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> any idea how I can recover the data?Download knoppix, a bootable Linux CD. It'll load the drivers needed to read
the drive and the data on the drive. Plug the USB drive into your computer
and copy away! =)
David Troesch | Atlanta, GA | ICQ# 2333123
Do you have the right computer stuff? http://tinyurl.com/ytu7z
Funstuff: A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to remove it.
- Or, if you don't want to go through all that, or use some free beta
type programs out there like Explore2fs,ext2fsd,extifs, etc, and
others, which by the way, don't write to ext2/ext3 formatted
Just fire up patition magic, plug the drive into the computers USB
port and browse and copy from the drive all you want. Just a couple
of notes about writing to the drive though.
1. Partition Magic is painfully slow writing to ext2/3 formatted
drives, that includes writing files, moving them within the drive,
to just renaming them; writing is SLOOOOWWW.
2. If you want relly fast writing to ext3 formatted drives, use
ALMOST ANY PARAGON SOFTWARE program, most of them come with an
standalone program called PATITION EXPLORER. You can easily write
really good using that, oh, and copy, etc.. too.
3. WARNING !!! These and other partition level programs write to the
drive setting permissions on the things written to as /ROOT.
In other words, everthing gets written with the uid as 0. (root),
and gid of 0 (root).
If you just copy off the drive, everything is left as it was.
Unless you log in as root, you'll have to "chown" recusively -R the
permissions back to admin (502), your username, or what ever you
Remember, all this applies to writing to the drive, if you just want
to access the files and copy them, fire up Paragon - Drive Backup,
or whatever and copy away....
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, WRT54G.yg@d... wrote:
> > any idea how I can recover the data?
> Download knoppix, a bootable Linux CD. It'll load the drivers
needed to read
> the drive and the data on the drive. Plug the USB drive into your
> and copy away! =)
> David Troesch | Atlanta, GA | ICQ# 2333123
> Do you have the right computer stuff? http://tinyurl.com/ytu7z
> Funstuff: A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to remove