Which Networked Ext. Drive?(12 posts)
Please Note. (Taken from the Freecom site)
Can I format the Network Drive in NTFS ?
The Freecom Network Hard Drive is prepared in FAT32 format. This format is necessary to use the Drive via LAN connection and to configure it over the Web menu. If you want to connect the drive via USB, you also can format the Drive in NTFS format. But be aware in that case you can`t use the drive via LAN anymore.
Some limitations of FAT32:
1. Each file can only be up to about 4GB in size which means if you have something like a 4.7GB DVD rip then you can't store it on the file system.
2. There is no security. Any user can access any file on the file system.
From a quick search online it seems that Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices supporting NTFS do not exist due to NTFS being a closed Microsoft product. So the NAS devices that usually run OSes like Linux cannot write to a drive with NTFS on it.
I suppose if you aren't using big files or need security then it isn't to big of a deal.
Edit: Looking around I think there is a little bit of security for accessing the drive the NAS provides.
So you can at least set a password to access it if you want.
Edit 2: It appears though that may not the case with the freecom model from what I can tell on their forum.
What about file sharing. Have you tried that? I assume the two systems are on a router. You can also use a switch and a loooooong cable. I think 100 meters is maximum length for an ethernet cable.
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