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"Upgrading" Intel InBusiness Storage Stations? 7

Michael Gilbert asks: "I have a 30Gb Intel InBusiness Storage Station, which is based on a limited version of FreeBSD 2.02 (see here) It is, as is usual, totally undocumented by Intel as to it's inner workings. Since both the 30Gb and the 60 Gb models use the same chassis, I was looking into adding my own 2nd 30Gb HD. Intel of course does not support such an upgrade. Does anyone out there have any relevant information as to the specifics of the unmarked jumpers and connectors on the unit's main board? Console port perhaps? Has someone already done this upgrade? While there may indeed be easier ways to add more networked storage to one's home network, the fact that Intel does not want me to do this only increases my curiosity and desire. Having discovered the (undocumented) telnet port, I can get a FreeBSD shell, and so far have surmised that due to the age/version of the FreeBSD system, the upgrade would require a new kernel, as this one seems to be static as far as not probing resources."
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"Upgrading" Intel InBusiness Storage Stations?

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    They are actually FreeBSD 3.0 - be wary about upgrading - those boxes have a custom bootrom that doesn't support all the BIOS calls that newer versions of FreeBSDs bootloader expect. I actually took part in hacking lilo to work on it. However, getting Linux to work fully on it required some effort. Stick with FreeBSD and inspect the bootloader. You can find an adapter to use the serial port, I believe it was 9600 8N1, but I may not be rembering correctly.
  • .
    Punching "fm:search local" into Konqueror gives the following seemingly relevant matches:


    King looks interesting, but I'm not going to do the rest of your research for you. Lazy ass.


  • the guy's asking for information on upgrading the HD in his nettwork-attached storage box, not for local domain search engines!

    Verrrry interesting... I posted this to a different story, and it appeared here.

    you ass.

    A bit of observation on your part that there is another Ask Slashdot currently running about the correct topic would yield an intelligent conclusion - namely, a bug in Slash.


  • I wrote a review of the unit and had a look at the drive. Its NTFS. All the standard utilities for futzing with NT should work fine.

    http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,181 14 ,00.asp

    I would try using one of the utilities for upgrading a hard drive like Ghost.

    Hope this helps.
  • I am smart because I can make mistakes faster than other people.
  • seemingly relevant? what?! the guy's asking for information on upgrading the HD in his nettwork-attached storage box, not for local domain search engines!
    you ass.
  • ahhh, then you are excused and I apologise. I've not seen bugs like this for a loooong time...

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky