NAS with 320GB HDD connected with TCP/IP or USB only shows 190GB !

SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux i-ubux at
Thu Feb 28 00:18:11 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-02-27 at 11:07 -0600, Richard Mancusi wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 12:56 AM, SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux
> <i-ubux at> wrote:
> >
> >  Hi Rich
> >  Back again with some test result:
> >
> >  Formatting with XFS isn't possible since
> >  GParted only shows it "greyed" ...
> >
> >  One more thought in preparing this one best:
> >
> >  With Ubuntu 8.40 I am considering a complete new (re-) installation !
> >  Win XPP as original manufacturer's condition with my current settings
> >  and all data in D:
> >  Ubuntu will be a new installation from now only with /SWAP & /ROOT to 4
> >  partitions:
> >  /BOOT /ROOT /SWAP and /HOME and I want to save my current data to
> >  transfer back
> >  to this new Ubuntu 8.40 setup !
> >
> >  What NAS setup would be best and most easiest to do this ???
> >
> >  Any advise and guidance is very appreciated, ;-)
> >
> >  Cheers, svobi
> >
> I wish I could answer your questions - but unfortunately I can't.
> You were given excellent advise from another person on this list when they
> said it didn't sound like a Ubuntu problem.  You also mentioned that you would
> contact Seagate - again an excellent idea.
> My only reason for answering your post was to demonstrate that it was not
> necessary to have Fat32 to deal with Windows backup on at least some
> NAS devices.  To the extent that it even supported Active Directory.  Did
> Buffalo do something "interesting" that won't work on your system - I don't
> know.  For me, the key to vendor support is to follow their instructions.  Yes,
> I have drifted when I thought there was a better way.  But then I don't expect
> vendor support.  Your idea to contact Seagate is perfect.  Perhaps you simply
> have a bad device.  Failing that, maybe we can get inventive.
> good luck, rich

Hi Rich, 
Thanks for your concerns and appreciated thougths !
I do fully agree with you. ;-)

The facts indeed:
Buffalo seems not available here whan I was buying my 2 NAS cases and 
now being available they are horrible expensive !!

I had choosen upon (good / positive reviews and made sure the units
TCP/IP and USB to realize the kind of use (mobile emergency resp file
I expected. ;-)

Unfortunately both the NAS with its ST3200827A are only showing ca 190GB
Manufacturer's Service or Support seems very very slow or even
IN-existent !?
My questions regarding this problem is still unanswered. Unanswered too
is my 
question to firmware since the installed one differs from the one on
meagre website !!!

Well, from own experience I know now: The firmware is accurate and same 
as the one freom their website. ;-)

May be I have to replace my boxes !? ;-(

Cheers, svobi

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