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    Question Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    Hello together!

    I use the Thecus N5200 with Firmware 2.00.04 and 4 HDD’s in Raid 5.
    Supported from a Smart-UPS SC420.

    Maybe next time I must install my Thecus N5200 complete new.
    For this I like to copy (backup) the files to a external eSATA HDD.

    • Is hot plug possible for a eSATA HDD?

    • Is an other file system as FAT32 possible (for files > 4GB)?

    • If the ext3 is possible can reach the eSATA HDD with a Windows FTP program?


    Best regards, Thorsten

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    Just forgett the e-sata on the N5200. it is there only as a "Sales showoff"

    I bought my N5200BPro just because i saw it had e-sata and i needed a fast way to make backups. But it does not work as it should and it is not supported by the firmware. See it just like a "dumb crippled" external LAN/e-sata-port to connect things to the network and has to be operated from an external computer to make any use of it. It maybe works with another N5200BPro but i would not bet on it. We thought it out (gave it to a poor friend) and bought real equipment instead.

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    Just a reminder to see if the Thecus people can give us an answer on this eSATA HDD problem.

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    Hello together!

    I just open a Ticket at Thecus support.


    Best regards, Thorsten

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    Dear Sir,

    The N5200 V2.00.04 fixed the eSATA issue already, thus please try on V2.00.04.
    http://www.thecus.com/Downloads/N520...FW_2.00.04.bin

    1. N5200 support eSATA hot plug.
    2. On theory support FAT/FAT32/EXT3 for read & write, but NFTS is read only.
    3. The eSATA mount ponit same with USB HDD, thus we could access via FTP too.

    Yvon.

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    How do you access the eSATA drive attached to the Thecus N5200 box?
    When I attached the eSATA drive, I can see the list of disks 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 as the eSATA drive. How do I make a partition of this drive?

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    You should see it from windows as \\nameofN5200\usbhdd\ or \\IPaddress\usbhdd

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    From Windows, here's what I see:
    \\N5200\raid6folder - If I map this folder, I get the 2.8TB drive as expected
    \\N5200\usbhdd - If I map this folder, I also get a 2.8TB drive, same capacity as the raid6folder
    *BUT* inside the usbhdd mapping, I saw the esata folder.

    This is odd - I don't understand this! ... but can be usable from Windows

    From the unix machine, I have no idea on how to access this esata drive.

    THECUS - PLEASE HELP!!!

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    Re: Backup or file copy to eSATA HDD?

    If you have installed the ssh module and are not afraid of the commandline, it works like on any linux host:
    (her the esata disc is sdf=^disc6)
    // create partitions
    #fdisk /dev/sdf
    // create fs on first partition(if thats what you wanted to)
    #mke2fs /dev/sdf1
    //create dir as mount target
    #mkdir /tmp/esata
    // now mount it!)
    #mount /dev/sdf1 /tmp/esata
    // copy data with a tar command
    #(cd /path_to_data;tar cpf -)|(cd /tmp/esata;tar xvf - )

    worx pretty well! rsync would be nice to have, to do differential syncs.
    Last edited by pfoff; 03-11-2008 at 03:41 AM.

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