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Wannabe Geek

#196805 13-Jun-2016 13:55
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Hi all - pls excuse the novel, but would appreciate any help/ guidance.


I received the Huawei HG659b modem when I upgraded to fibre, and thought I would connect a USB hard drive to an unused USB port for media sharing etc.  I had an old 500Gb hard drive around (Western Digital) and when connected, and the appropriate Samba & media sharing buttons were clicked, it worked ok.  I could access it from laptops and from my smart TV.


But the end-game was to connect a new 4TB hard-drive, from Seagate.  But while the modem "recognises" the hard-drive is connected, I can't connect to it from my wireless devices.


I've formatted the hard-drive, contacted Seagate (quite unhelpful), I've re-booted and factory-reset the modem, I've contacted Spark (really no help) and I've called Huawei (who incidentally do not support this model any more...) but I still can't work out what I'm doing wrong.  The 500Gb drive works fine; the 4000Gb drive doesn't.


I suspect there might be a limit to the size of hard-drive that is supported by the modem, but there's nothing in the user guides that states that, and Spark says "I'm sure you can connect USB device".


So I'm at a loss as to what is the problem - would appreciate any thoughts/ advice.



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  #1571299 13-Jun-2016 20:59
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Seriously. If you have a 4tb drive just buy a NAS.

All routers that have a USB port always are shocking for file system performance.

But I think the limit is 2TB.


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Master Geek

  #1572206 15-Jun-2016 10:38
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What he said, NAS it up.


The reason you couldn't access your share is your hard drives file system is probably formatted to NTFS. I've found these routers will generally only accept FAT32 formatted drives.


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  #1572257 15-Jun-2016 11:39
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I found it to not work well, the hdd is always running aswell (never seems to spin down) so don't like to think it damaging the drive.


I went the NAS route too - I got a 2nd hand Synology DS112 for about $100 to stick the 4TB drive in and it is really good.




The USB drive on the router now has a 16GB USB stick in it for a backup drive.


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Wannabe Geek

  #1572307 15-Jun-2016 12:30
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Thanks people - comments & advice much appreciated.


Spark looked into this and found the USB support from the HG659b was only to 500Gb.  Interestingly the older HG632(?) supports >500Gb no problems at all, and they've sent me that as a replacement - which I probably won't use considering the HG659b has 5G support ;). 


I'm returning the 4TB USB and buying a 3TB NAS now for almost the same cost... 

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