As you asked I need to use this as a File Server, to download torrents, ftp server, and some other little things. I do no need much power from this server. That's why I choose R.Pidarkside40 wrote: That would be a start, unfortunately you haven't told us what you really want to do with your NAS.
I read that post and re-formatted my 500gb USB drive from NTFS to EXT4 and can vouch that it works. Also, switching to the kernel_cutdown.im helps.alexeames wrote:I'm sure I saw a post where someone with an ext4 formatted USB HDD was claiming transfer speeds of 7-8 Megs/second. He said that NTFS adds a lot of overhead.
Here's the thread
When I copied a file from SD card to USB HDD the other day, I logged in via ssh and "top" showed me that the NTFS process was using 40% cpu during the transfer.
Hmm, guess I'll have to try that. I've just liberated a 500 Gig USB drive from general backup duty after installing a 2tb media server.lewmur wrote: I read that post and re-formatted my 500gb USB drive from NTFS to EXT4 and can vouch that it works. Also, switching to the kernel_cutdown.im helps.
I didn't know that, as in they both share the same resources/interface on the board ?bredman wrote:A WRT router has a dedicated Ethernet port. The RPi uses USB to connect to Ethernet, so this causes some delays.
alexeames wrote:OK, so I reformatted my 500 Gb NTFS drive to Ext4. Just ran a test copying a file onto it from the NAS (on a gigabit connection, which I've seen go as high as 60 Megabytes/second).
I copied an mp4 which was 2230456191 bytes (2127 megabytes) from the NAS to the Ext4 USB HDD and it took 4 mins 15s. So 2127/4.25/60 = 8.34 megabytes per second DOWNLOAD. Pi is directly connected to gigabit ethernet (although the Pi port is max 100 Megabits/s = 12.5 Mb/s). NAS is connected via a gigabit switch to the gigabit router.
To copy the same file from the USB HDD back to the NAS location it was originally copied from took 5 min 15s. So 2127/5.25/60 = 6.75 Megabytes per second UPLOAD.
This is with no other changes to a normal Raspbian install. If you were to customise with cutdown kernels etc you might be able to squeeze more out of it.
Conclusion. Switching to EXT4 gives me at least double the throughput speed. I was getting about 2-3 Mb/sec on NTFS. 6-8 Megs per second is good enough for most things.
...as long as you don't need to plug it into a Windows machine.Mr.Dave wrote:Similar experience to me, ext4 is definitely the better drive format
alexeames wrote:Mr.Dave wrote:*This is my 777 th post. Does that mean I can read, write and execute now? Who shall I execute?
I have mine formatted as ext4 and the best I've achieved is 1.7, but it more typically transfers at 1.4.alexeames wrote:I'm sure I saw a post where someone with an ext4 formatted USB HDD was claiming transfer speeds of 7-8 Megs/second.