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Re: Will it work for QNAP 420?

Having the root file system on a usb flash drive will work fine. I would advice you to get two identical sticks and dd the data from your installed stick to a backup stick once installation is finished. Usb sticks tend to wear over time. They last 2-3 years for me.


On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM, Hoshpak <mailinglist@pozimski.eu> wrote:
Am 23.08.2013 20:23, schrieb Shawn Landden:
> On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM, George Sedov <radist.morse@gmail.com>wrote:

>> 3) Can I install rootfs not on the SATA drives, but rather on the usb
>> flash-stick, thus leaving all of the drives completely system-free?
>> Maybe there are some other ways to keep the system off the disks?
> i'm wondering how they do it with only 16MB of flash.... anyways, you could
> always netboot it via tftp from u-boot

Only kernel, initrd and uboot are installed into the internal flash
memory. If you use the original Qnap firmware, they only have a pretty
minimal system installed by default and install the bigger part of the
firmware onto the harddrives once you plug them in and run the
initialization wizard.

If you use the Debian installer, you have the option to use the
harddrives for the root file system or some other attached storage like
an usb drive. I use the later option with my Qnap TS219 P II and it
works fine. Since the 420 doesn't seem to be that different (probably
the same chipset with minor modifications), I don't see a reason why it
wouldn't work with this device also.

Kind Regards

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