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Posted by ramborules - 03-05-2012 08:58 PM
(03-05-2012 01:12 PM)BanditRider Wrote:  You were supposed to delete that partition.

Ah can't believe I didnt see that, I clearly can't read.

Thanks for the help and quick reply.
Posted by BanditRider - 03-05-2012 01:12 PM
You were supposed to delete that partition.
Posted by ramborules - 03-04-2012 08:59 PM
Having a bit of trouble aligning a 2TB Samsung HD204UI with GParted Live 0.12 0-2.

I started by moving the largest partition (1.8 TB) and it took about 17 hours just to finish "reading", and then said it was gonna take 37 hours to perform the real move!

Is this normal? Or have I done something wrong?

Posted by DWizzy - 04-23-2011 03:27 PM
Thanks halfelite,
I just did a reset, now myiHome Server and DHCP client are functioning (yet somehow my login for MSP has been remembered!)
Reinstalling, do you mean NMT setup wizard -> 'typical setup (Installs NMT Applications without removing media contents)'? I might try that with a USB stick later, as I still get these pesky, seemingly random: 'request can not be processed' messages.

More on topic: if one doesn't want to delete the 4th partition, wouldn't it be viable to temporarily remove the 2nd (the swap) partition and move the 3rd partition to the left instead of to the right? If I'm not mistaken, the swap partition does not contain any data when the NMT is powered off.
Posted by halfelite - 04-22-2011 11:16 PM
more then likley you screwed up the apps partition just goto reinstall the apps but dont choose the clean option choose the other option and it should just reinstall the nmt apps.
Posted by DWizzy - 04-22-2011 11:14 PM
When reconnecting my drive in my A-200, I got: "Your Media Destination device is not found. Please connect device or assign Media destination in NMT Setup Wizard to continue" in setup->NMT applications, while none of the services were running.

Wondering what I did wrong, perhaps formatting the 4th partition without restoring it's original contents.

Doing a Media Setup seems to remedy this, however: myiHome Server still won't start (status is 'Starting' and the start/stop button is greyed out). Also (coincidentally?), obtaining an IP address proves difficult (I get a 169.254 address while it does detect the gateway being

FWIW, my partition table result was (before completing the mkfs.ext3 formatting of the 4th partition):
Quote:Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 2048s 1953791s 1951744s primary ext3
2 1953792s 2955263s 1001472s primary linux-swap(v1)
3 2955264s 6862847s 3907584s primary ext3
4 6862848s 3907028991s 3900166144s primary
Posted by oldslow - 11-29-2010 03:22 AM
Figured it out myself!
Posted by oldslow - 11-28-2010 10:40 PM
If I were to reformat the drive to ext3 and use it in a usb caddy as a data drive...would that work?
I'm currently using Qparted to reformat.
Posted by oldslow - 11-28-2010 08:18 PM
Dude your weirding me out.
The second last line says the drives are identical.
So to recap. Identical WD20EARS. I don't know what else to say.
Posted by nuke12 - 11-28-2010 07:48 PM
Fine. Your second line reads;

Quote:I have 2 WD 2tb drives, both with sept 2010 dates.

Does not tell me a thing. The WD EADS line also come as 2TB drives.
Posted by oldslow - 11-28-2010 06:50 PM
They are both EARS. Reread the second last line of my previous post.
Posted by nuke12 - 11-28-2010 06:40 PM
They were made the same month but you haven't said if they are the exact same model drive and what that model is?
Posted by oldslow - 11-28-2010 06:34 PM
I'm looking for suggestions.
I have 2 WD 2tb drives, both with sept 2010 dates.
One works fine as a USB data drive formatted ntfs with the jumper on.
The other gives "usb failed" error when formatted exactly the same and used in the same usb caddy.
PCH A-110 has a drive installed. Latest firmware.
I don't understand how 2 identical drives made in the same month can be such a PITA.
BTW WD Live sees the drive no problem.
Posted by nuke12 - 11-23-2010 07:53 PM
Quote:dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=512 count=40
where X = correct device letter.

I asked about the data because I didn't want to be messing with a drive with real data.

After that, let the PCH setup the NMT apps and then try our "fix".
Posted by shaunconn - 11-23-2010 07:33 PM
(11-23-2010 12:09 PM)nuke12 Wrote:  Is there data on this drive?


No - all I'm trying to do is get a 2TB WD EARS working on my PCH-C200 (the drive used to be in my mac). When I format it using the PCH-C200 and copy film to it, the performance is appaling, so I want to format it with the correct settings.

If someone can post me the dd command I can use, before I format it in the PCH-C200, or give me the commands to do this I'd really appreciate it - for the moment I thought I'd try something like dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M to at least fill it all with zeros before I put it back in the PCH-C200 to re-initialise it. Does that sound sensible?

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