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WNDR4500 READYSHARE USING TWO WD RED HARD DRIVES IN RAID 1

I have been using a Mediasonic HUR3-SU3S cabinet in RAID 1 for a couple of years now with two 1TB drives. It has been working just fine! I decided the time was right, so I bought two 4TB RED WD drives for that same purpose. I loaded them into the cabinet and chose the MODE. I attached it to my USB 3.0 card and formatted the drives just fine. Made my folders I want to use just fine. I turned off the cabinet and attached it to my USB port at the back of my router. It does not connect. I know the port is working because when I rebooted my router, the controller went to sleep. When the router finished rebooting, the port then became active again and then the controller woke back up. STILL NO CONNECTION! I am very frustrated right now trying to find out a solution to this. Has anybody ran across this problem? Is there A SPECIAL WAY I should be formatting these drives. Incidentally, I tried performing a firmware upgrade with an older download and a minutes old download. It will not upgrade. Please help!

Model: ReadySHARE USB Storage Access|Convert USB storage into network storage
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Re: WNDR4500 READYSHARE USING TWO WD RED HARD DRIVES IN RAID 1

> WNDR4500 [...]

 

   WNDR4500[v1], or WNDR4500v2, or WNDR4500v3?  Firmware version?

 

> I have been using a Mediasonic HUR3-SU3S cabinet [...]

 

   Is that anything like an "HUR3-SU3S3"?

 

   "have been"?  To what was it connected, how, before?

 

> I turned off the cabinet and attached it to my USB port at the back of
> my router. It does not connect. [...]

 

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and look
for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "USB Storage" and
"USB Drive Requirements".


   The USB storage support in Netgear consumer routers seems to be
limited to simple disk drives.  I doubt that there's much hope of
getting anything so complicated as a USB-connected RAID box to work with
it.

 

   An actual (Ethernet-connected) NAS box (which would require no
special software on the router) should work with no such problems.

 


> [...] I tried performing a firmware upgrade with an older download and
> a minutes old download. It will not upgrade. [...]

 

   "tried" or "will not" is not a useful problem description.  It does
not say what you did.  It does not say what happened when you did it.
As usual, showing actual actions with their actual results (error
messages, LED indicators, ...) can be more helpful than vague
descriptions or interpretations.  That would include your actual
procedure, and actual file names.

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Re: R4500 READYSHARE USING TWO WD RED HARD DRIVES IN RAID 1

> WNDR4500 [...] That's where I made my first mistake! Apparently there is a difference between a R4500 & a WNDR4500

 

   WNDR4500[v1], or WNDR4500v2, or WNDR4500v3?  Firmware version?

As the customary format implies .. The R4500 is the R4500v1 since there is no version indicated. The firmware is 1.0.0.4_1.0.3

 

> I have been using a Mediasonic HUR3-SU3S cabinet [...]

 

   Is that anything like an "HUR3-SU3S3"? Well - this is directly from: http://www.mediasonic.ca/product_list.php?category_title=Harde%20Drive%20Enclosure&category_system=2...

Mediasonic ProRaid 2 Bay 3.5' SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA (HUR3-SU3S3) .. notice there own NAMING of the model number. I guess they could be wrong; after all, they are only the manufacturer!

 

   "have been"?  To what was it connected, how, before? This Pro RAID controller has been connected to this same READYSHARE port on this same router for the last two years or so. It contained two 1 TB hard drives and worked flawlessly! I was still on Windows 7 then.

I have just finished the network connectivity to see the Readyshare drives in Windows. I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro 1903. It was a pain, but I mapped my 256 GB thumb drive from my router.

I bought two new 4 TB WD RED drives to use. I set them up on my USB 3.0 port at the back of my tower. I installed them and then formatted the two drives. I then created several folders for use after I get this up on the network. 

 

 

> I turned off the cabinet and attached it to my USB port at the back of
> my router. It does not connect. [...]

 

   Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model number, and look
for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "USB Storage" and
"USB Drive Requirements".


   The USB storage support in Netgear consumer routers seems to be
limited to simple disk drives.  I doubt that there's much hope of
getting anything so complicated as a USB-connected RAID box to work with
it. As I have already stated: I have been using this very set up for the last two years! 

 

   An actual (Ethernet-connected) NAS box (which would require no
special software on the router) should work with no such problems.

 


> [...] I tried performing a firmware upgrade with an older download and
> a minutes old download. It will not upgrade. [...] This one is on me!! I downloaded a version not meant for my router. I already have the latest firmware I upgraded in NOV. 2017.

 

   "tried" or "will not" is not a useful problem description.  It does
not say what you did.  It does not say what happened when you did it.
As usual, showing actual actions with their actual results (error
messages, LED indicators, ...) can be more helpful than vague
descriptions or interpretations.  That would include your actual
procedure, and actual file names.

I tend to over express myself at times. I wanted to make sure that a person would want to know something first. Otherwise this posting could be as long as the terms and conditions on the Windows software. 

 

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Re: R4500 READYSHARE USING TWO WD RED HARD DRIVES IN RAID 1

> > I have been using a Mediasonic HUR3-SU3S cabinet [...]
>        Is that anything like an "HUR3-SU3S3"?

   My version is what I saw at that site (after I tried a search for
your version).  And when I clicked on the corresponding picture, all I
got was:

 

      Forbidden
      You don't have permission to access /product.php on this server.

 

At that point, I stopped looking.

 

> This Pro RAID controller has been connected to this same READYSHARE
> port on this same router for the last two years or so. It contained two
> 1 TB hard drives and worked flawlessly! [...]

 

   Ok.  Apparently, it emulates a simple disk drive well enough.  (What
do I know?  Not enough, apparently, hence the questions.)


> [...] two new 4 TB WD RED drives [...]

 

   There have been reports here about problems with disks larger than
2TB (or 4TB -- large, in any case), so your problem might be
size-related.

 

> [...] formatted the two drives. [...]

 

   How, exactly?  See the docs for the legal file-system types.

 

> [...] Otherwise this posting could be as long as the terms and
> conditions on the Windows software.

 

   An actual firmware version and/or file name would be pretty compact.

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