Salilah
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Basic question hard drive

Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:08 am

I'd like to get a hard drive for the Pi, and have noted that it needs a powered drive

I'm looking at this one
Buffalo 2TB Drivestation - HD-LB2.0TU2-UK - USB 2.0
http://www.ebuyer.com/255189-buffalo-2t ... b2-0tu2-uk

My (very beginner's) question is - can I use this - and format it (assume Linux) to work with the Pi?
I'm not sure even what to look for!
many thanks

Salilah

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nick.mccloud
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Re: Basic question hard drive

Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:18 pm

Looks fine to me - however 2Tb is a hell of a lot of space for a Pi unless you are going to use it for video playback or as a file server.

Step
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Re: Basic question hard drive

Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:12 pm

Ive found no issues using USB hard drives on the pi, both picked it up and its contents perfectly, make sure its formatted in NTFS or youll enjoy the FAT32 file size limit

Salilah
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Re: Basic question hard drive

Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:58 am

Thanks Nick, Thanks Step
Yes probably as a media centre type of thing, we've been talking for ages to try to do that
I'll watch the formatting
thanks loads - off to order
cheers
Sali (definitely learning a lot with this Pi - does take up a huge amount of time experimenting and searching for stuff!)

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praest76
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Re: Basic question hard drive

Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:40 am

I've bought a 1.5TB Seagate usb drive that I plan to use to host audio for a Pi running Subsonic. The girlfriend is using it to transport video data for a dissertation but once she's done with it I'll ext3/4 it and plug it into the Pi.

So far I'm reasonably pleased with the Pi and it's ability to stream media. Java is a bit sluggish for Subsonic but it may just need some tweaking.
PRAEst76 [about.me/praest76]
  • Pi¹ - xibalba: OpenELEC, media centre
    Pi² - erebus: Debian Sid, general shell
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