24 October, 2014

How to expand the capacity of NAS Lacie Network Space

The LaCie Network Space is great for sharing files over the network
This tutorial applies to version 1 of the Network Space, but probably applicable to the (more rapid and complete) version 2 with little change.
I will replace its 500 GB SATA 1TB another, but it would also be February 1 TB (not sure if bear more capacity, but possible).
This NAS features low power:
  • Consumption of only 8W, completely silent without a fan.
  • Ethernet port with a maximum transfer rate of 6 MB per second despite using a SATA (somewhat limited in this regard because of its small processor) hard drive.This has been improved to 65 MB / sec. in the Network Space 2 with a more capable processor.
  • Ability to create users and access permissions to the shared folders, all managed through its web configuration page (also accessible via the Network Assistant ).
  • Very good price / quality; for little more than the cost of a hard drive, you have a NAS.
  • USB Port to expand its capacity reading systems EXT3, XFS, NTFS, FAT file systems.
  • And if you know Linux, you can access it and set various things .



Disassembling the Lacie Network Space NAS
In order to expand your hard drive before we disarm. This NAS, apart from a very proper design, no screws to release something we will have to help up as a screwdriver and some clips to go by releasing the tabs where the lid, as in the following image is secured.


A single turn split gradually inside the blue LED side bearing, since the other side carries the connections embedded. 



As shown only three projections carried on each side to prevent the cap is released.


We release the 4 screws that hold it and we have the hard drive in our hands. 

Copying the file system with Ubuntu Live CD
For the NAS back in action with a larger disk have two options; the safest way to not risk deleting the old hard drive using the steps in this tutorial (in English) which is basically the following (credits Hurky of NasCentral):
  1. Download this image of hard disk with version 1.1.10 ( available here also ) and unzip firmware installed memory on a skewer or a directory on your computer that you can then locate.
  2. Download Clonezilla to dump that image to the new hard disk. You have to download the bootable CD version (Live CD) and burn it to a disc.
  3. Turn off your computer and connect to new hard drive to your computer, booting with Clonezilla CD.
  4. Select Language> Start> device-image> local_dev
  5. Select the partition where you saved the image; you will not see C: but sda1 or something, you'll know where the disk size and the manufacturer.
  6. Select directory where the image is located> beginner mode> restore disk
  7. Select the image file to restore (which unzip)
  8. Select the disk to be overwritten; important not wrong disk or delete irreversibly; checks the size and manufacturer.
  9. Answer confirmations and wait for complete restoration.
  10. We turn off the computer and started with u n disk "LiveCD" system of Ubuntu for example (with which we can test Linux), but in this case has included gparted application (running the "terminal", which is the window command, and write "your gparted".
  11. Select the hard disk you have to work on the "Device" menu sdc.
    Create a new partition using all the empty space in "FAT32" format, and the format it (if you have doubts using Gparted, visit their website , here have a manual ).

Second Option: Copy old drive partitions to a new hard disk 
Or use our old hard drive copying partitions with a Linux system; we have to copy the partitions using a Linux system. The process is simple, but if we are wrong can derail everything we had in our old hard drive. This started with u n disk "LiveCD" system of Ubuntu for example (with which we can test Linux), but in this case we will pay to prepare the hard drive, we go to programs and look for "terminal" which is the command window, and run:
Code:
cat / proc / partitions
to identify the records you have. For the size you can identify; if you divide by a million GB know that each one of capacity. Suppose the old disk is sdb and sdc new, replaced the letter in your case, and copied the first 2GB for example:
Code:
dd if = / dev / sdb of = / dev / sdc count = 4000000
Now it is easiest to run the application free partitions "Gparted"
Code:
his GParted

Select the hard disk you have to work on the "Device" menu sdc.
We delete the large partition, the data, and create another in "FAT32" using all remaining space.

Now we only have to format the drive to the format of the NAS using the web configuration page by typing the IP of the device in a browser:

We will see that the drive appears almost empty, but we can not use it until we give to "format",


with what was going on to XFS system (a special version using this NAS), which is a file system very fast and reliable on computers with limited resources like this open source NAS. We formatting:


And after the warning, we give "format" and will reformat:


And once completed and we may use normally. If we want to recover the files from the old hard drive, just put it to an external box SATA-USB and connect to the USB NAS port, and with the option of "Backup" on the website, we can copy all data on the partition old to new hard drive since it recognizes many file systems; XFS, EXT2 / EXT3, FAT, NTFS.
This NAS recognizes multiple file systems by the USB port; a real advantage if you use Linux and Linux for example, a hard disk unbootable because we can connect to it and retrieve our files, or connecting it directly to backup.
Update Lacie Network Space NAS to the latest firmware
If you do not have the NAS updated to the latest firmware, (I could not update it until I had the data partition in FAT32 format, the Network Assistant was blocked), we can take to update, because we will do better in concurrent connections the 1.1.10, and somewhat faster. We use the latest version of the Lacie Network Assistant LaCie Network Assistant 1.5.7 (63) Win Setup.exe , and the configuration page we give "update your NAS"



If you have a version earlier than 1.1.8 downloaded and unzip this file:
capsule-NetworkSpace-update-r1445-1.1.3-1.1.8
And we update with it, and once we have the 1.1.8, then update to the latest version:
Network Space Capsule Update 1.1.10

And we will have our brand new Linux NAS with heart (like Android) with added capability for our backups and archives.

Links:
More about the Nas Lacie NAS-Central
Network Wiki Space 1
Tutorial to change the hard disk to the Network Space 1
Getting root access to the Network Space NAS 

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