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Re: BLODA nominee: Seagate GoFlex Home file server

Greetings, Matt Seitz!

>> From: Earnie Boyd 
>> Is it possible to convert to NTFS?

> Not easily. The GoFlex Home is an appliance that doesn't seem to have a
> documented way for users to reformat the file system.  But even a FAT file
> system supports FAT file attributes, so reformatting to NTFS shouldn't be
> necessary. 

> I have found a back door that gives me ssh access to the GoFlex Home.
> However, it appears the GoFlex is running Samba 3.0.x on Linux.  I haven't
> looked into how Samba handles running on NTFS, so I don't know if that would
> help.

I strictly don't recommend using NTFS under Linux, especially not for file
There's a chance to encounter spectacular issues, that not easily explained.
Notable drop/fluctuation in disc performance is the least of them.

> Also, Seagate distributes source for the Linux NTFS-3g driver as part
> of their GNU Source Code distribution the server.
> So the disk might actually already be formatted using NTFS.

You don't need to guess.
Check mount output, or "fdisk -l" if your disks partitioned using MBR. (With
GPT it might be a bit tricky...)

> I found the apparent smb.conf file the server uses, and it looks like it
> fails to enable Samba's support for FAT file attributes.  If I don't get an
> official solution from Seagate, I may try modifying the smb.conf file and
> see if that fixes the issue. 

testparm -sv | grep dos
would be interesting to see, but please send it off-list.

Andrey Repin ( 06.07.2012, <05:29>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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