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May 6, 2011 9:03 PM   Subscribe

Buffalo router is not recognizing an external USB hard drive.

I have a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH and a 1.5 TB Western Digital Elements Desktop external USB hard drive. No matter what I try, the router does not recognize the USB HDD at all.

However, the router has no problem recognizing and mounting any flash drive I can throw at it.

I've formatted the hard drive using FAT, FAT32, EXT2, EXT3, and XFS. I've broken up the drive into small (less than 10 gigs) partitions with all of those file systems and that did not work. The hard drive has no issues being recognized by three separate computers running Windows 7 / Windows XP.

The router is currently running DD-WRT v24-sp2 (08/07/10) std - build 14896. I've flashed the router with other versions of DD-WRT as well as the stock firmware with no luck.

Lastly, I've tried every single combo of turning the router off / on while the HDD is off / on with the USB cord plugged/unplugged.
posted by Diskeater to Technology (3 answers total)
Do you have everything enabled under Services/USB in DD-WRT? Is the mount point set to /mnt?
posted by GeckoDundee at 6:10 AM on May 7, 2011

Yes and yes.
posted by Diskeater at 8:23 AM on May 7, 2011

what does dmesg and /var/log/messages say when you insert the device? (Versus when you insert a working device?)

What is the result of when do you get when you issue the mount command?

Maybe the router doesn't recognize LBA-48, or the type of partition table that's being created on it?
posted by gjc at 12:08 PM on May 7, 2011

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