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Old 01-12-2005, 02:15 PM   #1
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NTFS USB HDD on kernel 2.2.26 on Mips machine...


I'm using Linux on my playstation 2 console as a home media server.

The PS2 linux distro is based on redhat 6.1 and as the ps2 is a mips machine most stuff has to be compiled from source.
I'm not advanced enough with linux yet to try and force things to compile so I rely on others in the ps2 linux community to compile stuff.

I've been trying to get my USB hdd working and eventually I got it recognised using

/sbin/modprobe usb-storage

When I tried to mount it I was told the kernel couldn't recognise NTFS drives.

The kernel I'm using is 2.2.26

Is there any way I can get full ntfs support for USB hdds?

I tried reformatting the drive today for FAT32 as I thought that would probably work.
No such luck though as the size of my USB hdd is greater than the supported size of FAT32.

I don't want to format the drive using linux format as I want to be able to plug in the drive to my PC whenever I need to.

I've found a couple of links that may help.

But I think those solutions rely on having a more modern kernel. People are working on upgrading the PS2 linux kernel gradually but it's a big task.

If anyone has any suggestions as to how this can be done then please let me know.

I'm almost at the point where I'll sell my PS2 Linux kit as I've wasted so much time getting this and other things to work. Should have just bought a cheap machine off ebay and stuck a decent sound card in with a copy of windows.

There seems to be some documentation out there but nothing seems to be reliable in its operation of NTFS drives.

Any suggestions on how I can get this working with my ageing kernel???




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