NDAS on Linux

Anyone know how to use Ximeta’s ndasadmin tool to access existing, non-FAT32 partitions on an NDAS disk from a Linux box? I have my NDAS drive partitioned into three (one ext3, one HFS+ and one FAT32). I can access all three partitions over the net from OSX, and from Ubuntu via a direct USB connection.

The instructions on Ximeta’s website, and this post on the Gentoo forums, suggest it’s perfectly possible to see non-FAT32 partitions if you partition and format the drive from the Linux box. I’d rather not reformat my drive, but right now all I can see over the net is the FAT32 partition. Any clues?

2 thoughts on “NDAS on Linux”

  1. Hey, I just ran into your post on planet.gnome.org, and I kinda have the same question. I just ordered a 250GB disk and an AluBox from AC-Ryan which has a network jack and uses this NDAS protocol.
    I plan on using it as a fileserver/backup disk in my network (win/lin), but am uncertain of its cooperation with Linux. Would you foresee any problem if I use it as such?

    I’ll check back to see if you receive some useful tips.

  2. Well, the Linux NDAS driver (assuming it’s based on the Ximeta one, as most of them are) is still classed as beta quality, so I guess you’d have to decide whether to trust beta quality software for your backups. It should be theoretically possible to do what you want though; as I mentioned in my post, it just looks like you might have to do the partitioning/formatting the NDAS disk from Linux, if you want Linux to be able to read/write to all of them.

    I have to say I’ve occasionally experienced some corruption even using the stable driver on OS X, although I haven’t noticed any problem with the Windows one, which presumably has had the most testing.

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