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 Post subject: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:53 pm 
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I hope someone can help me with a small problem I am having.

I recently purchased a rackmount iScsiTerastation rather cheaply but have just found out it was false economy as it is not compatible with my Apple Mac, Sonos and Boxee (which dont support iScsi apparently).

Aside from me selling it on for a loss, are there any options to remedy this please?

I was wondering if I turn of the iScsi from within the web menu, will this turn it into a regular NAS which my devices will be able to communicate with?

Will I need to hack the device to enable it to work?

All offers of help greatly appreciated!

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:16 pm 
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The original box, as is, can do nothing but iSCSI, that is just the way it is. :(

You can reflash/firmware it to a Terastation PRO II if the HW is that type. :D
What HW type is it labeled as ? TS-RIGL ?

Or if you prefeer the long road, make your own firmware (just changes til the original FW) and flash it with that, the the box can be opened and you can do what ever you like. Nice to know a little Linux here !

Regards


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:30 pm 
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Yes, it is a Terastation Pro II model TS-RI8.0TGL.

I like your idea of reflash/firmware but I am afraid I don't have the ability to make my own firmware.

Can you please direct me to any sites that show how to reflash/update firmware to a Terastation pro II nas?

I really appreciate your help with this. I had almost given up all hope. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:34 pm 
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I was going TS-HTGL to TS-ITGL, you want to TS-RITGL to TS-RHTGL, they should be all the same electric HW inside.

Realise that your Terastation may fail and be dead as a stone if things goes wrong.
I recomend a UPS to the Terastation during this, if you have access to such a device.

Well step 1 is to get the FW for both the TS-RIGTL and the TS-RHGTL form here:
http://www.buffalo-technology.com/support/downloads/

2:
Unpack them to tow folders, call these RIGTL and the RHGTL.

3:
Add this two lines to the end of the TSUpdater.ini file i the RHGTL folder.
*************
[SpecialFlags]
Debug=1
*************

4:
Go to the RHGTL folder and run TSUpdater.exe.
Click on the left side of the blue caption bar, choose "Debug(D)".
Check the "Force Update" box, and maybe the two other boxes.
Click OK
Click Update
It may ask for password during the process if you had change the web interface password, you even may have to restart the process again, but it will all be informed by the program.
Wait and hope, coffe is fine at this stage.

If it fails:
In the RHGTL folder, rename the "TSUpdater.exe" to "TSUpdaterRHGTL.exe".
Copy the TSUpdater.exe file form the RIGTL folder to the RHGTL folder and repeat step 4.

Return if things go wrong, then we take it frome there.


/Hans


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:52 pm 
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Thank you very much Hans. I will give this a go on the weekend.

Just one question: if it goes wrong will the drive die beyond repair or is it recoverable to the current state? I am not bothered about recovering the content.

Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:47 am 
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mistergames wrote:
Just one question: if it goes wrong will the drive die beyond repair or is it recoverable to the current state?

Well you should allways be able to return to "factory defaults" by taking the drives out of the box (and the tray), put them into a PC and delete all partitions, and the rebuild drive 1, following the instruction given here: http://forum.buffalo.nas-central.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=3641 step 4-6 and 25-40.
You are making your box ready for firmware update so to speak, and in step 39 you firmware update your box.
(You can go this way to firmware update you box as a "Plan B")

This goes if you do not fail with updating of the internal flash memory, this can happen in case of power failure during update.
It can be fixed, but I think it is out of your scope, JTAG is the keyword for this.

But if you use an UPS, or your power supply is stable and normally without dropouts, I do not see any reason not to try to firmwareupdate.
If you live in my place, you do need an UPS for your PCs and accessory, so I do have 3, yes, power-failure often in this part of town.

BTW, with a 8TB box you will be needing a lot of coffee, formatting of 8TB takes time, re-sync of 8TB takes time.
Expect hours, many, I recall my test to take more than 12 hours for the re-sync. :o
Re-sync is not at failure the first time you see it, it is a process you have to do.
The re-sync time may depend on your RAID level, mine was RAID1.


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:41 pm 
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Thanks Hans.

I will give this a go using a borrowed UPS.

Thanks again,
Mark


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 Post subject: Re: iScsi Query
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:06 am 
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mistergames,

How did this work out for you?


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