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Thread: USB Harddisk. Does it support NTFS at all?

  1. USB Harddisk. Does Samba on Asus WL-500gp support NTFS at all?

    I have installed olegs lats firmware on my 500gp. But i cant make it work.

    I have installed an external usb case. With an 60gb harddisk.

    I have read that if the harddisk should be detected, the first partition must be an FAT32. So i have just planned to make the whole harddisk to one FAT32 partion. But strangely i cannot transfer a file on 4.5gb to the harddisk when it is FAT32? But noproblems when the Filesystem is NTFS!?

    So i have made the partiotions as following.

    10GB FAT32
    50GB NTFS

    But does the samba client support that? Does it support NTFS? I want to browse my harddrive via "windows neighbourhood" Can i do that?
    Last edited by Rasmuskarlsen; 17-07-2006 at 14:15.

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    There's enough topics in this board to dig from.

    And there is http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/f...&forum_id=2697

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    Samba supports every file system the system itself supports.
    NTFS support is READ-ONLY on the WL-500 series.
    Maximum filesize on FAT32 is 4GB. This is a file system limit.

  4. Okay to bad It's Read only. Isn't there any way i can write to an NTFS partition on the Wl-500gp?

  5. >> cimarron

    As far i can se (Based on your link). The NTFS has been made Read / WRITE supported under Linux? But how do i get from the fact "NTFS has been Read / WRITE supported" To my router can write to an NTFS partition? in "Windows network neighbourhood"

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    Exclamation NTFS works!

    in the last official ASUS firmware (1.9.6.9): NTFS-Support is enabled
    On the ASUS side, you can read the following:
    * Fixed samba server with NTFS issue
    ...and it works, for sure

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    ...but it's read-only, at least for me it was (before I bricked mine).

  8. Okay but why isnt it supported in Olegs firmware? A very big disadvantage, i think!!

    Ill prefer running Olegs firmware!

    If Oleg read this, have any plans of making NTFS supported in your upcoming firmware?

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    I my opinion there are no full featured, good performing, stable releases of linux drivers with NTFS write support.
    Decide what you really want: Use the drive on the WL-500g, then format it with ext3, which is the optimum.
    Or use it with your PC, then format it with NTFS.

    My WL-500gx has a 40GB 2,5" disk without power supply connected, boots from it, and it runs 24/7. With Samba, thttpd & ftp servers.

  10. Hmm... not good news. I have hoped, that with the 500gp i could have an "wireless harddisk" where i could acess my files from my laptop, anywhere in my house.

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    Yeah you can do that with your laptop. You will see
    the data with your os (XP) as network shared folder....

    If you attach the drive to the asus device it
    does not matter what partition type you use ...

    I would suggest:

    You make a first partition like 100MB FAT32 .
    Second Partition you format to ext2 or ext3 (please have a look what type is supported in oleg firmware)
    Then configure samba on asus device.

    Then you can see your data shared in network env.
    (with read and write access)

    Only disadvantage is if you connect your harddisk
    directly to your windows os you cannot access the data
    on ext2/ext3 partition. Therefore you have to use a Linux OS.

    Maybe now you got the conclusion ?
    Last edited by Randale91; 21-07-2006 at 16:50.

  12. Yes... i can just use FAt32. But the problem is that i want to use NTFS filesystem. Because i sometimes have files, i want to open, that are 4gb+ which FAT32 doesn't support....

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    ok you want to use FAT32,

    but why dont you use ext2 Linux Filesystem ?
    You can have 4GB files and bigger.......

  14. I Want to use the NTFS filesystem.

    I can't run ext2 or ext3 because im running windows on the computer i use to browse the harddisk...
    So what i know, i cannot access the harddisk via windows, if it running an linux partition...

    So the only option for me is NTFS?, I think..?

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    Ok, last answer:


    If you always have your USB-HDD connected to your asus device all the following steps are ok for you....
    So if you answer this question with NO i do not have an solution for you.

    If yes:
    Your Laptop or your computer can access the ext2 big!!!! partition through the samba process. Samba translates the windows commands through the network and deliver the right answer to your windows clients....

    Just do so.
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    Last edited by Randale91; 22-07-2006 at 10:21.

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