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 Post subject: NTFS
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:51 am 
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I'm getting some mixed messages here. Does the LaCie Network Space use/support NTFS (or ext3) on the user data partition?


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:00 pm 
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If your getting mixed messages, it's probably because your question is ambiguous.

The data partition (sda2) comes as XFS formatted from the box. LaCie doesn't support changing the file system type. It's very likely possible to change it and have a functioning file server, but I haven't tried, and maybe there are unexpected problems on the way. The driver for reading and writing to an NTFS partition is installed by default (in case an NTFS disk is connected via the USB port) and of course ext2/ext3 drivers are there.

Does that answer your question?


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:38 am 
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Well, there are instructions for formatting as NTFS on LaCies support pages for the Network Space, however it seems it might be a simple copy/paste from a USB attached device.


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:49 am 
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mate wrote:
Well, there are instructions for formatting as NTFS on LaCies support pages for the Network Space, however it seems it might be a simple copy/paste from a USB attached device.
That's a very nice link. I missed the 'Don't try this at home' tag on the page. In order to follow the directions you have to connect the disk directly to a Windows box. According to the datasheet the network space doesn't support this. So you'll have to take the disk out of the enclosure (and void your warranty).
After having followed the directions the network space won't boot anymore, because the on-disk Linux is wiped.

*If* you would ever consider to do something like this, you should *only* reformat the data partition of the disk (which is by far the biggest one). So skip the whole diskpart part, and only use diskmanagerment to reformat that single partition.


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:52 am 
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That is the problem with the LaCie webpage. It has generic instructions displayed under a specific device, even if the instruction do not apply to that device. Have a look here:

http://www.lacie.com/se/support/support ... ticle=1013

The exact same instructions, but now for an USB stick!


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:43 am 
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Well, let's be honest. It could work on an USB stick.

Nice stick btw.


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:00 pm 
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In Windows XP, it could very well indeed. 8)

But on the Mac you can do even more amazing things:

Set up software RAID on a bunch of socks (design by Sam Hecht)


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 Post subject: Re: NTFS
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:37 pm 
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:shock:

Wow. And I never believed those Apple fanboys. Shame on me. OSX rocks.


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