I need some advice on BIG external storage units

John K Masters johnmasters at oxtedonline.net
Fri May 9 21:05:52 UTC 2008

On 21:54 Fri 09 May     , Chris G wrote:
> On Fri, May 09, 2008 at 10:43:30PM +0200, Tom Rausner wrote:
> > Hi !
> > 
> > I'm going to by myself a BIG (1 TB, maby 2..) external storage. The
> > question is; what to by ? A lot of them are pointed at geting used
> > with Windows and that might be a problem (internal software etc.).
> > Are there some ones amongst you guys, having some experiences to share ?
> > 
> What interface?
> If the drive is going to be connected by USB then you can almost
> certainly re-format it it EXT3 and it will work like any other mounted
> drive. I have done exactly this with a Freecom external drive and it
> works very well.
> On the other hand if you are attaching the drive via an ethernet
> interface then it's odds on you will have to use Samba to acces the
> drive and it will be formatted FAT32.  This was the case with my
> Freecom drive when I used it via ethernet.  In this case there are
> some issues because of the limitations of FAT32 and also because of
> the limitations of the Samba implementation in the NAS box.
All Buffalo Linkstations are formatted XFS. The option is provided to
reformat to ext3 or FAT32. 

Regards, John (PS I do not work for and have no connection with Buffalo)
I wish I was young enough to know everything.

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