iX4-200d - Mac OSX Journaled - Manually

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iX4-200d - Mac OSX Journaled - Manually

Post by cwickstylz » Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:11 am

Before anyone says it, I know, Mac OSX Journaled is "not supported" on the iX4.

I just recently rebuilt an iX4 that had crashed on me & had a thought during the rebuild. It appears that each of the four drives in the device are made up of two partitions. One apparently being the OS, the other the data partition for actual storage.

What if I were to take the four drives out of the NAS, keep the OS partition intact, while formatting the data partition to Mac OSX Journaled. Any thoughts on if this could possibly work? Would the device even see the pool of 4 Journaled drives & would it actually allow for them to be used in a RAID 5?

Figured I'd post this here, before ripping the drives out, yet again, & formatting & reloading them only to find out that this is technically impossible. Any thoughts would be appreciated...

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Re: iX4-200d - Mac OSX Journaled - Manually

Post by Mijzelf » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:37 am

Without knowing what 'Mac OSX Journaled' is, I don't think this is gonna work.

First, the partition are not 'flat' partitions. There are raid arrays and logical volumes. (More info here).
Second, the box doesn't share a filesystem, it shares files, just like ftp (except for iSCSI, if the box supports that). That means the client cannot know how and where the files are actually stored, and the server has to mount the filesystem. So if you put an exotic filesystem on the data partition, the nas won't recognize it.

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