[sf-lug] how to use fdisk to repartition a 1TB USB hard drive? (jim) [sf-lug Digest, Vol 41, Issue 8]
ewalstad at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 14:07:23 PDT 2009
The current issue of Linux Journal has an article on hacking the
embedded linux running on the MyBook II. Lots of results on
google, too. Might be worth trying to gain root on the embedded os
and using its BusyBox shell to format the drive for you.
On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 8:19 PM, jim<jim at well.com> wrote:
> responses in-line:
> On Sat, 2009-06-13 at 16:19 -0700, the_elkhorn at yahoo.com wrote:
>> Jim -
>> I suspect that the problem may be in the USB - to - actual hard disk
>> interface. Is your "1TB USB stand-alone hard drive with a vfat file
>> system and called itself "My Book"" a pre-packaged, "plug & pray"
>> device, or is it a 1TB disk stuffed into a USB to PATA (or SATA)
>> interface box?
>> If the former, it may be that the software (and cpu) on the "My Book"
>> device is preventing you from doing what you want.
>> i can't answer that surely. it's a cute little
>> black box with a usb cable connecting it to my
>> laptop. i'm guessing "the former", and i'm
>> guessing you're right: some software-hardware
>> combo is in the way. it advertises that it works
>> with windows and mac, no mention of linux.
>> I took a look at WD's "My Book" web pages, and it seems like the box
>> is designed to work with Windows & Mac, do backups, etc. This implies
>> that there is a bunch of on-board software to talk to those systems,
>> especially as it has My Book Premium II Firmware Update - Mac and My
>> Book Premium II Firmware Update - PC links.
>> Likely, your linux isn't actually talking to the actual hard drive,
>> but to a virtual hard drive interface in the "My Book" box.
>> Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a linux version of the thing.
>> I would contact their customer support and find out what's going on.
>> At least, get an RMA and return it to them, as it doesn't suit your
>> If you don't mind voiding your warranty, open up the box and see what
>> kind of actual hard disk is in it (probably a SATA drive). Take the
>> disk out and plug it into your system and fdisk it directly.
>> i'm tempted to "void the warrantee", and take
>> it apart. trouble is, how to connect it to my
>> laptop without voiding that warrantee, too?
>> it works as is. all the fdisk-ing in the
>> world probably won't do anything one way or
>> another. i'll try copying tons of files to the
>> thing and see if it'll reliably hold 200GB worth.
>> i'm guessing it'll hold them, tho' i'm not
>> guessing as to reliability.
>> the dd command failed: /dev/sdb wasn't
>> valid or wasn't there or some such.
>> i may bring it back to the store and hope
>> they credit me and/or sell me something else
>> that will work with linux: i.e. that i can
>> repartition as i please.
>> Good luck.
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