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Hard Drive Configuration

This page describes the steps necessary for formatting a hard drive for use with DD-WRT. The easiest way to do this if you are familiar with Linux is to connect the drive to a Linux system and use fdisk to partition and format the drive.

First, please read the DD-WRT Tutorial for formatting and partitioning an external storage device.

In the case of the Open MediaHub HDD connected to a fairly high-end router, i.e., the Cisco Linksys E4200, only 3 partitions are necessary as follows:

Partition # Size Format Label Mount Point
 1 1G ext3 Optware /opt
 2 64M swap Swap  
 3 (default) ext3 Data /mnt

Note that partition 3, Data, uses whatever is remaining on the disk after partitioning which, in the case of a 1TB hard drive is 99.9% of the disk.

Make sure to label the partitions because when the drive is auto-mounted by DD-WRT it will be necessary to map the device ID to the label.