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# 108234 27-Aug-2012 14:58
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Hi guys, I have one of those Voddafone Broadband Complete modems (Hauwei HG556a I think it is).
I would like to use to NAS feature of it. Now I can connect a disk and read files from it, but I have tried 2 different USB drives now and both get the 'Access denied: Disk is write protected" error when trying to copy files to it. Obviously this is not ideal as I want to just leave it connected to the router and shift files to it as need be. I am guessing its something to do with windows access permissions but I cant for the life of me get it to work. Both drives have previously been on XP machines, and I seem to recall when connected to other Linux machines I also coulnt write to one of them.
I have tried making the only permission "Everyone" with Full Access still no go
Anyone have any ideas. I dont need any access control really just want a drive connected so that its contents can be accessed by all machines on the network.

Any help is appreciated
Clive

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  # 677647 27-Aug-2012 14:59
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Are the disks FAT32 or NTFS?

From memory, that modem only accepts one, but the vast majority of hard drives are the other (I forget which way round)



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  # 677657 27-Aug-2012 15:11
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I was wondering that. Maybe the embedded linux os doesnt fully support NTFS. Will check if both drives are NTFS and post back shortly

 
 
 
 


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  # 677661 27-Aug-2012 15:18
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NTFS is a Microsoft propriatory file system and so is often no compatible with Linux based systems without 3rd party drivers.




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  # 677663 27-Aug-2012 15:27
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I have read of people having working NTFS partitions on these modems, must be a magic trick to getting the permissions right. I know old linux ntfs support was read only. Cant seem to find any firmware updates for the router. Pretty sure I've got a FAT32 format flash drive around will try that.
Prehaps when I get a new bigger USB drive and plug it in straight out of the box before windows has chance to mess with anything then it will work, until then I cant reformat my stack of smaller drives :P



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  # 677673 27-Aug-2012 15:39
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Well, it works with a FAT32 drive. But could I even format a 1TB drive with FAT32? As long as I dont try copy anything over 4GB to it then that would be at least usuable.

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  # 677679 27-Aug-2012 15:53
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3VILC: Well, it works with a FAT32 drive. But could I even format a 1TB drive with FAT32? As long as I dont try copy anything over 4GB to it then that would be at least usuable.


You would have to use a 3rd party tool on Windows to do it, but yes, it's possible.




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  # 677682 27-Aug-2012 15:55
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3VILC: Well, it works with a FAT32 drive. But could I even format a 1TB drive with FAT32? As long as I dont try copy anything over 4GB to it then that would be at least usuable.


Yep.

I've done spomething similar with a different model of modem that had the same issue.

It does mena that any movies need to be less than optimal res in order to cope with the 4GB size limit,  but It's not too much of an issue.

(takes ages to reformat though)

 
 
 
 


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  # 677874 27-Aug-2012 22:40
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If you have access to a Linux box you could try formatting the hard drive using ext3 or ext4. The disc will not be usable by windows os but if the Hauwei router is happy with it, being linux based it should be, it will allow you to read / write files greater than 4GB.
If you want to give this a go I would start with trying ext3.

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