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R8000 doesn't detect 64 GB ext4 usb key

NatoBoram
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R8000 doesn't detect 64 GB ext4 usb key

I've just formatted an usb key using mbr and non-extended partitions with NTFS. When I plugged it in the router, it appeared immediately in the dashboard. I then went ahead and clicked on "safely remove usb device" and formatted it as ext4, with the same options. The router doesn't detect the USB key.

 

Firmware Version
V1.0.4.28_10.1.54

 

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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microchip8
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Re: R8000 doesn't detect 64 GB ext4 usb key

On my R7800 only NTFS and XFS are supported, along with FAT (if not mistaken). I don't know if this is the case for the R8000 as well. Try formatting to XFS and report back

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IrvSp
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Re: R8000 doesn't detect 64 GB ext4 usb key


@NatoBoram wrote:

formatted it as ext4, with the same options. The router doesn't detect the USB key.

 


If you read this, https://kb.netgear.com/24059/What-are-the-USB-drive-requirements-for-my-Nighthawk-routerEXT4 is supported. However that is over 2 years old. I wouldn't guarantee anything on that list. NG breaks things all the time it seems, and the FileSystem used in the firmware is not robust or complete in anyway I feel. Too many times small things don't make it work, where the drive will work on a PC, like multiple partitions, disk sizes, and even power draw on non-powered drives. Even drives work in one port (usually the USB 2.0) and not the other. Have you tried both drives?

 

Also wondering if the MBR could be the problem here? That might 'count' as multiple partitions. However, this NG KB article, https://kb.netgear.com/24065/I-have-a-Nighthawk-router-how-do-I-format-my-USB-hard-disk-and-specify-..., claims it is supported, at least when done on a MAC?

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schumaku
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Re: R8000 doesn't detect 64 GB ext4 usb key

Both the R8000 and @microchip8'R7800 are supposed supporting ext4 among other file systems - however we have read several posts that some native Linux file systems are not recognized and properly mounted.

 

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/R8000/R8000_UM_EN.pdf p.79

http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/R7800/R7800_UM_EN.pdf p.102

 

USB Device Requirements
...
The router supports the following file system types for full read/write access:
• FAT16
• FAT32
• NTFS
• NTFS with compression format enabled
• Ext2
• Ext3
• Ext4
• HFS
• HFS+

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