Yeah i have a short temper i have to admit but as for patience i have lots of it since i started in IT
I'll try the method you linked me to altough i'm pretty sure i've already tried it but with the wrongs images files. It resulted in partitions size not being big enough though but it think i was using the NAS default partition table which may have been incorrect after all.
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Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 125 1004031 5 Extended
/dev/sdb2 126 30401 243191970 83 Linux
/dev/sdb5 1 16 128457 82 Linux swap
/dev/sdb6 17 17 8001 83 Linux
/dev/sdb7 18 18 8001 83 Linux
/dev/sdb8 19 40 176683+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb9 41 124 674698+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb10 125 125 8001 83 Linux
I'll quote the method you linked here me to so i can easily find it back
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I did some more digging on the internet and I believe I found valuable information. I do not know if the procedure below works but I am sure it is worth a try and I would like to hear from people that tried it here. Bear in mind that the procedure is a bit hardcore for Linux newbies, however with some effort it is doable.
The guide below is inspired by this thread in a german NAS forum: http://forum.nas-portal.org/showthread.php?t=6864
What you’ll need
2 SATA drives unformatted and unpartitioned of the same size
2 SATA ports in a computer
A computer running Ubuntu or a Windows computer with a virtual Ubuntu machine
If you run Windows I suggest you install Virtualbox and create a virtual Ubuntu machine. It is necessary for the process of creating the Lacie 2big Network RAID and image transference. If you don’t know how to do that you’ll have to investigate on the internet. There are several guides available online. Google is your friend. ;-)
Start the Ubuntu operating system and connect both SATA drives to your computer (one at a time or both at the same time, it does not matter in this step). Open GParted and make sure the drives were recognized (they are recognized if they appear in the device list in GParted).
Let’s say you connected both drives at the same time and the drives were recognized and appear as /dev/sda and /dev/sdb in the GParted device list.
Create the partitions following the scheme below:
sda1: Extended Partition – size: 1GB (this partition will hold other system partitions)
sda2: Primary Partition – size: rest of the drive (this partition contains userdata)
sda5: SWAP Partition – size: 128MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sda6: uImage – size: 8MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sda7: rootfs Image – size: 8 MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sda8: rootfs (Overlay) Image – size: 173MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sda9: Rest of extended partition – size: rest of the extended partition (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sdb1: Extended Partition – size: 1GB (this partition will hold other system partitions)
sdb2: Primary Partition – size: rest of the drive (this partition contains userdata)
sdb5: SWAP Partition – size: 128MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sdb6: uImage – size: 8MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sdb7: rootfs Image – size: 8 MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sdb8: rootfs (Overlay) Image – size: 173MB (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
sdb9: Rest of extended partition – size: rest of the extended partition (this partition is to be created inside the extended partition)
Do not format any of the partitions yet. Leave them as unallocated. Formatting will be done later.
Creating the RAID array
Lacie made its product so that it only recognizes the drives if they are configured in a RAID array. Simply copying the images to both drives won’t work.
To create the RAID array connect both partitioned drives at the same time in the Ubuntu machine. Let’s say they are recognized as /dev/sda and /dev/sdb.
Open a terminal window in Ubuntu and use the following commands to create the RAID arrays:
sudo mdadm -create /dev/md0 -level=1 raid-devices=2 /dev/sda7 /dev/sdb7
sudo mdadm -create /dev/md1 -level=1 raid-devices=2 /dev/sda8 /dev/sdb8
sudo mdadm -create /dev/md2 -level=1 raid-devices=2 /dev/sda9 /dev/sdb9
sudo mdadm -create /dev/md3 -level=1 raid-devices=2 /dev/sda5 /dev/sdb5
sudo mdadm -create /dev/md4 -level=1 raid-devices=2 /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2
If everything went well you shold have the arrays created now on /dev/md0 to /dev/md4.
Copying the images
Now we have to copy the Lacie images to the RAID array. Get the images at the following addresses:
Untar this file and you’ll have three files: sda6, sda7 and sda8. These images are to be transferred to the RAID array.
Open a terminal window in Ubuntu and use the following commands to transfer the images to the RAID array:
sudo dd if=sda6 of=/dev/sda6
sudo dd if=sda6 of=/dev/sdb6
sudo dd if=sda7 of=/dev/md0
sudo dd if=sda8 of=/dev/md1
After this we should have the images transferred. Now we have to create the filesystems that are still missing in the RAID array. Open a terminal window in Ubuntu and use the following commands to create the filesystems:
sudo mkswap /dev/md3
sudo mkxfs /dev/md4
sudo mke2fs-j /dev/md2
Now everything should be fine. Just install the drives in the Lacie 2big Network NAS and hope for the best. :-D
I have not tested this procedure yet. I intend to do so, but if anyone can test it and post back I would appreciate.
Links in that post were outdated. Also i'm not really sure abouth using 2.2.3 images files from Mijzelf for such an old version of this NAS. I'll try to find the original image files from that topic
btw it would be great if somebody would still have a link for those.
The closest i've found were edmini v2 images files. http://gpl.nas-central.org/LACIE/ethern ... on_images/
If i use those will i be able to update with a real 2Big Network v1 FW later on?
Anywais i'll give it a shot again and report back with some results.
In the meanwhile i've ordered 2 1TB WD Blue from amazon. I know i should have gone with WD Red which are designed to be NAS specifics but i've figured sine this NAS is already 6 year old and only have S-ATA 2 controller speeds Blue HDD's shouldn't be a problem. I'd like your thoughts on that matter.
You help is really appreciated. Something it's good to have a second set of eyes for these kind of things.
Also i will definitly come to use your firmware if i really can't get Lacie own firmware to work on this NAS. It really seem useful to lots of people out there. I usually like to test out the real FW beforehand and decide if i need more features or not afterwards.