Hi again, i have now received my TS-239 and have since i received it started to install Arch Linux 2009.08 x86 onto it.
A couple of questions if you could bear with me,
2x1.5TB in RAID1 using MD (linux software raid)
md0 -> /dev/sda1,/dev/sdb1 (100mb) /boot
md1 -> /dev/sda2,/dev/sdb2 (8000mb) /
md2 -> /dev/sda3,/dev/sdb3 (2000mb) swap
md3 -> /dev/sda4,/dev/sdb4 (1.3TB) /home
/dev/sdc (untouched FLASH qnap drive)
Boot from USB stick, Kingston never booted so i used a no-name and booted using front USB.
Backup for Recovery
I tried the to cat /dev/mtdblock0,1,2 but my qnap reported that no such file existed, I read in your other post that you dd'ed for backup reasons, after some investigation i found that the 239 uses /dev/sdx as the equivalent to mtdblock (or atleast, that's what I think and are hoping) so i did a cat /dev/sdx1 > sdx1, and the same for 2 and 3. I hope that this will allow be to restore the box if i ever want to go back to qnap's firmware, is this the correct way, can my images be used for a system restore
One other problem from what i've read in your post is that you couldn't install GRUB onto the harddrives, since they haven't spin up yet.
I am now in the phase where one should install grub, and from what i've heard, GRUB2 is the way to go if you use sw-raid using md, which i have.
the only problems seems to be that the first partition on the flash (/dev/sdc) is too small, so grub complaints about that. Now i must make a decision, to either:
a) move the /boot from the sw-raid onto the FLASH drive and install grub onto it.
b) wipe the partitions from the FLASH drive and install grub2 onto it.
One question that comes to my mind before i wipe the partitions on the flash is if the system restore, handles my deletion and creation of the partitions on the flash? If i get an answer on that matter i don't have any problems in wiping the flash drives partitions, to be able to install grub2 onto it.
Phew, quite a lengthy post, I hope i didn't lose you in the middle