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 Post subject: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:47 am 
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Hi,

Would it work with 3TB disks?
Thanks!

Regards,
Gabor


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:04 pm 
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I tryed putting a 3 TB WD Caviar green in it, no luck. tftp does work, also partitioning the disk and flashing firmware (opend 1.37 and stock 1.40). But there are problems with booting from the fresh system. The best result I got was the ever flashing blue light (=loading). I have no idea if it's a software problem or a limitation of the harddisk controler. Any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:14 am 
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I had the same problem when installing a 1.5T disk. The solution was to install first firmware 1.10 and then update to stock 1.37. The problem I see is that FW 1.37 and up has support for 4096 byte (4k byte) sector hard drives, so partition scheme in FW 1.10 would not support new drives. I think FW 1.37 mod1 should do the job. Check viewtopic.php?f=68&t=21865.


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:19 pm 
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No, 1.37mod, 1.37 and 1.40 didn't work. First I installed it via the Debug-menu, activating all boxes or just "rebuild partition table" didn't matter. It partitioned the disc and installed the system. Rebooting didn't work, I had to use tftp again. Then the orange light signalised updating firmware, ok. Rebooting didn't work again and with tftp I have the ever flashing blue light.
I'm out of ideas.


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:32 am 
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I know for sure that FW 1.10 works with "1.5T old drives". I purchased a Ebay linkstation with a "broken" drive for USD 75.00.
After checking the drive, it realized that the drive was OK but installation was not possible with FW 1.32 (current at that moment). I installed FW 1.1 and upgraded to 1.32, 1.37 and now 1.40.

If you formatted the disk with firmware 1.37 or 1.40 the partitioning scheme should be OK.
Check it with parted. Partition 1 should start in sector 2048.
For FW 1.1 to work partitions should be empty but I don't know if the FW 1.1 will accept this partition scheme.
I think the problem is that eternal blue light blinking is because the Linkstation does not finds the correct files to boot. If partitions are empty, then the Linstations goes to EM and installation of FW is straightforward (I hope only:).


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:29 pm 
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I did format it with 1.37, 1.37mod and 1.40. No luck.
I'll wait a little bit, maybe someone finds a solution.


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:05 pm 
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Firmware 1.41 with 3tb-support is out. Will try it again.


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:43 pm 
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It works:
Image

My german Howto:
http://forum.discountnetz.com/buffalo-linkstation-pro-live-mit-bittorrent/anleitung-tftp-und-firmware-flashen-mit-bildern-t903.html

I have reviewed the entire hard disk with the program F3​​.
http://oss.digirati.com.br/f3/
There are no errors.


Last edited by oxygen8 on Sun May 01, 2011 6:25 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 12:36 am 
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Indeed, it works. But I had some problems flashing it with tftp. After the orange flashing LED it couldn't boot (red flashing LED). So I cloned my old 1,5TB disc and then expanded the data partition, now it works.

Edit: I didn't notice there's a new tftp. Thanks oxygen8 for the great tutorial!

Edit 2: A word of advice if you are goinjg to use a wd caviar green disk: set the idle timer higher than the default 8 seconds (i set it to 300 seconds). Otherwise the heads will park quite often (a lot of clicking) and the drive will wear out quicker. Use wdidle3.exe for this.


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 Post subject: Re: 3TB DISK
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:21 pm 
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Hello folks
I have got a 3TB disk to replace the 2TB disk in my LS-XHL. Now as my function button is broken I cannot get into EM mode.
I want to manually partition the disk and copy (dd) the necessary files for bootup to the new disk. The problem is I don't know what partitions to create and the filesystem for these partitions.

Does anyone have a 3TB layout for partitions and filesystem e.g. hda1 ext3 200mb, hda2 xfs 1800mb etc
Plus which files I need to copy to get a boot on the linkstation?

Ta in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:08 pm 
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shortcut the switch with a cable is the easyer way.



Code:
root@Nas:~# parted -l /dev/sda
Model: WDC WD30EZRS-00J99B0 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 3001GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number  Start   End     Size    File system  Name     Flags
 1      1049kB  1026MB  1024MB  ext3         primary
 2      1026MB  6146MB  5120MB  ext3         primary
 3      6146MB  6147MB  1049kB               primary
 4      6147MB  6148MB  1049kB               primary
 5      6148MB  7172MB  1024MB  linux-swap   primary
 6      7172MB  2992GB  2985GB  xfs          primary


Error: /dev/mtdblock0: unrecognised disk label

Error: Error opening /dev/md0: No such file or directory
Retry/Cancel? c

root@Nas:~#


Code:
root@Nas:~# mount
rootfs on / type rootfs (rw)
/dev/root on / type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=continue,data=writeback)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,relatime)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,relatime)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,relatime,size=10240k,mode=755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,relatime,gid=4,mode=620)
/dev/ram1 on /mnt/ram type tmpfs (rw,relatime,size=15360k)
/dev/sda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=continue,data=writeback)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw,relatime)
/dev/disk1_6 on /mnt/disk1 type xfs (rw,noatime,usrquota,prjquota,grpquota)
/dev/disk1_6 on /opt type xfs (rw,noatime,usrquota,prjquota,grpquota)


Code:
root@Nas:/# cd /boot/
root@Nas:/boot# ls -l
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root           86 Jul 19 11:58 builddate.txt
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root        64428 Oct 31 14:57 conf_save.tgz
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      9693833 Aug 19 18:49 initrd.buffalo
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      1267831 Oct 31 14:57 log.tgz
drwx------    2 root     root         4096 Aug 19 19:51 lost+found/
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root       401352 Jul  7 02:34 u-boot_lsxh.bin
-rwxr--r--    1 root     root      2732164 Sep  4 14:24 uImage.buffalo*
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root      2724328 Aug 18 21:03 uImage.buffalo.org
root@Nas:/boot#


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:16 pm 
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thanks thats great, i should be able to rectreate the partition structure and copy the files across.
trust me, i would love to short the function switch - i triedb y using a screwdriver across it but it didnt work - there seems to be a round metal nodule and two much smaller square nodules next to it, i tried to get the blade on all 3 - it made a pretty red light but either wasnt contacting properly or i was trying to short the wrong thing¬
i will play with it again tomorrow and maybe get a pic

ronaldmacdonald
1tb xhl -> 2tb xhl -> now trying to get 3tb!


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:23 pm 
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the cable is blue
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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:31 pm 
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interesting. i seem to have lost a whole section of my mainboard - so maybe thats why its not worked - i was also shorting the two metal lumps above the red circle which probably didnt help :lol:
but it does seem as though the dark grey bit has smashed off completely - unless this isnt a ls-xhl mainboard. ill get a pic tomorrow and dig outa bit of electrical wire


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 Post subject: Re: LS-XHL with 3TB disk
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:22 am 
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Well heres my function switch - sorry its not a good photo, but I can see there is a bit broken off. I was trying to short all 3 points in the red circle. I guess I only need to short the two points at the blue lines?

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