Purchased 3 TB Seagate USB 3.0 drive from Amazon (http://amzn.to/TpduBU)
Waited… Very excited to connect to my ix2….
A few days later my 3 TB USB expansion drive arrived. I hurried to unpack and connect to my ix2 expecting plug-and-play. I plugged by no play.
An overwhelming feeling of sadness consumed me, followed by WTF then the joy of knowing I could and would hack this to make it work.
Knowing that this Iomega thing had to be running Linux I began to scour web for how to enable SSH with Firmware Version 188.8.131.52823
Found plenty of how to information on Firmware Version 2.x but 3.x (Cloud Enabled Firmware) is a bit more sparse.
Finally to enable SSH: http://ip/diagnostics.html
SSH now enabled, opened PuTTY and SSH to device.
A quick “df -h” shows my currently configured capacity:
A quick “cat /proc/scsi/usb-storage/4” followed by a “fdisk -l” reveals the drive is being seen by the ix2.
Created partition on /dev/sdc, “fdisk /dev/sdc”
Hmmmmm…. Maybe I can create a mount point on /mnt/pools/B/B0, seems logical.
Whoops forgot to mkfs.
Run “mkfs /dev/sdc1”
“mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/pools/B/B0/”
Tried to partition with parted (core dumps, ix2 running ver 1.8. pretty sure GPT partition support not ready for primetime in vet 1.8)
Let see if I can get a new version of parted.
Enabled apt-get (required a little work)
mkdir ./var; mkdir ./var/lib/; mkdir ./var/cache; mkdir ./var/lib/apt; mkdir ./var/cache/apt; mkdir ./var/lib/apt/lists; mkdir ./var/lib/apt/lists/partial; mkdir ./var/cache/apt/archives; mkdir ./var/cache/apt/archives/partial; mkdir ./var/lib/aptitude
(I think that is all the required dirs, you will know soon enough)
ln -s /mnt/pools/A/A0/.system/var/lib/apt/ apt
ln -s /mnt/pools/A/A0/.system/var/lib/aptitude/ aptitude
ln -s /mnt/pools/A/A0/.system/var/cache/apt/ apt
run “apt-get update”
Should run without issue.
run “aptitude update”
Note: Should run without issue.
Jettison that idea, not enough space on root and /mnt/apps to install new version of parted and required dependencies.
run “dd /dev/zero /dev/sdc”
Let run for a minute of so to clear all partition info (ctrl-c) to stop
Download EASEUS Partition Master 9.2.1 from filehippo (http://www.filehippo.com/download_easeus_partition_master_home/)
Install EASEUS Partion Master 9.2.1 on Windows 7 desktop
Connect 3 TB Seagate USB drive to Windows 7 desktop
Partition and format partition ext3 using EASEUS Partion Master 9.2.1
Note: This takes a little while.
Once complete I connected the drive to my Iomega ix2
Cleaned up the “/mnt/pools/B directory” I created earlier (“rm -rf /mnt/pools/B”)
Reboot my ix2 (make sure I didn’t jack anything up) and enjoy my added capacity.
Pretty sick footprint for ~ 4.5 TB of storage (1.8 TB of it R1 protected).