Hardware for NAS/NFS?

Thomas Mueller mueller6724 at bellsouth.net
Sat May 31 06:58:13 UTC 2014

from Polytropon with my previous message:

> > I'm looking for something that does not require a full computer,
> > like the Seagate Central, which is an external NAS hard drive:
> > 2, 3 or 4 TB, NTFS-formatted, USB 2.0 port, connects to wireless
> > router by Ethernet.

> Comparable to the Buffalo LinkStation I had (even though it could
> only hold one disk, ext2 formatted). It's very low power and boots
> from a combination of ROM and disk partition, whereas the rest of
> the disk is for data storage. Access to data could happen via FTP,
> CIFS and NFS, if I remember correctly.

> Oh, I found a datasheet:
> http://www.buffalotech.com/content/files/products/HD-HXXXLAN_DS_092905.pdf

> Maybe something like this, in "more modern", would fit your needs?
> As far as I know, those things can be flashed to run Linux with
> server functionality (mail server or DNS or web server), or even
> run OpenBSD.

> > NTFS is not the easiest file system to deal with from BSD or Linux,
> > but it might not matter over Internet protocols.

> But it will matter in case of data recovery. :-)

> > Now I wish my wireless router had a USB port, don't know if there
> > is any workable way to connect a USB drive to Ethernet through
> > adapters.

> Using a device as described and wiring it to the router would be
> possible. Without further examination, how about those?

> http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage
> http://www.amazon.de/Buffalo-LinkStation-LS420D0402-EU-Speed-Gigabit/dp/B00COZ2K48

I looked at Buffalo Tech and Seagate websites, also Western Digital.

Buffalo Tech and QNAP NAS enclosures repartition/reformat any hard drive installed there, at least the first time.

In the case of NTFS regarding data recovery, how would NTFS be different from Linux or BSD file system if the hard drive must be accessed by NFS or IP?  Or would the hard drive be taken out and accessed by SATA, or eSATA or USB in another enclosure?

I believe the Seagate Central is a hard drive accessed as NAS/NFS, no SATA or USB, though it has a USB 2.0 port.

I notice there are some wireless routers that have USB ports, then user could create his/her own NAS with USB drive?

I looked at several TP-LINK models.

My experience with OpenBSD is much less favorable than Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD; incompatible due to lack of GPT support.

I thought I sent this a half day earlier, but see not everything in this message was finished.


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