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itGeeks

So now I am as confused as you:unsure:

 

1) If it worked the first time why are you trying to reinstall XPEnology now?

2) Whats it doing or not doing?

3) Could you please provide the link to the instructions you are using to setup XPEnology? Maybe I can spot something wrong.

 

4) What is the make and model of the USB drive you are using for the install?

5) Did you install any hard drives in the drive bays? And if yes how many and where they clean aka wiped clean??

6) What USB port where you trying to use to do the install? I did own a HP Media Smart ex495 back in the day (sold to a forum member) and when trying to do a recovery on it I had to use the rear lower USB drive as recommended by HP as that was the only USB that was active during (POST), Maybe that's your trouble? Not all USB ports are active till after (POST) on some systems. Also after doing some research on the Acer 340 as luck would have it there seems to be a 256 MB internal USB flash drive used for recovery of WHS and as such you may be able to use that instead of an external USB. EXPenology only needs a 32 Mb drive for the boot loader, Instruction how how someone installed 'FreeNAS' on the Acer H340 using the internal USB can be found here

 

Sorry I can't help you any further till you ans my 6 questions above. Without more info I am truly picking at straws. I need to no the chain of events that led you to getting stuck, Please be as detailed as possible.

 

On closing yes this stuff is both addicting and time consuming and as such is not for everybody, Hang in there your doing great. In the end it's rewording....

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itGeeks

It is truly amazing how other sites operate yet there are still many jerks that belong and talk to others badly, It make us all appreciate the open door policy of the HSS forums and how everyone is welcome and let in, Our post are shown right away waiting for members help till proven otherwise. Base on the 'open door policy the HSS community is one of the most respect on the web. Good luck over there.

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Ikon-TNG

Given the help and tips I got from the xpenology.com forums, I felt I owed it to the site to post my findings. Were you able to see/read the post?

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itGeeks

No sir, Topic could not be found. 

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Ikon-TNG

OK, here it is:

 

Through much trial and tribulation, I have finally been able to repeatedly, and reliably, install XPEnology onto an Acer Aspire EasyStore H340 NAS. There were a great many failures, but it turns out one thing was the key to success.

Here are the steps I followed:

 

  1. I downloaded the MBR version of Jun's loader image: DS3617xs_DSM6.1_JunsMod_V1.02b_MBR_Genesys.img. It seems it has to be the MBR version. The GPT version simply doesn't work. This is probably because the H340 dates from 2009 and doesn't understand GPT.
     
  2. I downloaded DSM_DS3617xs_15217.pat. There was no particular reason for picking the DS3617xs: it simply seemed like it might be the most versatile.
     
  3. I took a 2TB HDD and used Disk Manager on my Win10 desktop to remove any existing partitions and ensure it was initialised as MBR. As far as I know, the H340 can't use drives larger than 2TB, so the maximum disk space would be 8TB, minus the space for DSM itself.
     
  4. I prepared a SanDisk Cruzer 8TB USB stick as per Polanskiman's excellent tutorial. I used the tool pointed to by Polanskiman to generate a serial number.
     
  5. I installed the 2TB drive INTO THE TOP SLOT of the H340. NOT USING THE BOTTOM SLOT IS THE KEY ITEM TO SUCCESS. I attempted to install XPEnology/DSM onto various drives in the bottom slot; they all failed.
     
  6. On my Win10 desktop, I opened a window to my DHCP server. I also opened a command prompt window.
     
  7. I inserted the USB stick into the front port on the H340. I haven't tested installing with the stick in a rear port. I also ensured there was no keyboard or mouse connected to the H340.
     
  8. I pressed Power on the H340. I watched the LAN Activity LED closely. Once it started blinking I moved to step 9.
     
  9. I watched my DHCP Server's list of active leases until it showed me a new one, which was for the H340.
     
  10. I used the IP from the DHCP server's to start a continuous PING of the H340.
     
  11. I opened Synology Assistant. Http://find.synology.com doesn't work for me.
     
  12. After a couple of Searches, Assistant found the H340 and said it was Not Installed.
     
  13. I right-clicked on the H340 in Assistant and selected Install.
     
  14. I watched the progress until, at around 28%, 600 seconds, the install windows said the H340 was rebooting.
     
  15. I watched the continuous PING. After around 6 Request Timed Outs, and 30 Destination Unreachables, at around 61%, or 235 seconds, the Write Configurations began. It completed very quickly and said the installation was successful.
     
  16. I was then able to connect to DSM and complete the initial configuration items.
     
  17. I rebooted a couple of times to ensure the system comes up cleanly each time.
     
  18. I then used the Shutdown command to shut down the H340. This is the one thing that still doesn't work properly. The system does power down, but only for a few seconds, then it begins to power right back up again, almost like it was doing a restart instead of a shutdown. I've tried the Power Button package I found on the net. It also shuts the system down, but again it powers right back up. The only solution I've found is to wait until the light on the USB stick goes out, then pull the plug. I may connect the H340 to a power bar to simplify things. If someone can offer a suggestion, that would be great.
     
  19. After powering down, I added a 2TB drive to the bottom slot of the H340 and powered back up. Fortunately, XPEnology/DSM still managed to boot up OK, and the new drive was found by DSM just fine.
     
  20. Since the top 3 slots of the H340 are supposed to be hot-swappable, I added another 2TB drive to slot 2 (2nd from the bottom). It was also discovered without issue.
     

It seems the whole key to getting XPEnology onto an EasyStore H340 is to NOT use the bottom slot for the XPEnology/DSM drive. I know the bottom slot is considered special when H340s are used to run Windows Home Server 2011, so I can only assume something about the way the bottom slot is handled by the system interferes with getting XPEnology installed.

 

I do not pretend to say I've exhausted every combination that might, or might not, work. What I've posted is simply what started working for me, so I've stuck with it. I think an H340 makes a very nice Synology box, and they can be found very cheaply on eBay.

 

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itGeeks

wow, congrats! see it only hurt a little bit:D All kidding aside, The drive placement is total opposite of the HP EX495. As for find.synology.com thats been hit or miss, I normally do as you and just find the IP and login that way. Enjoy it, You earned it..

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Ikon-TNG

Yeah, finally it works. I'm currently sitting with 4x2TB drives in the system, grouped into one large volume.

 

Can you confirm something? I seem to recall my father saying he took the H340 out of service because 1) WHS2011 can't back up Windows 10 computers and 2) the H340 can't take drives bigger than 2TB. Is it true about the maximum drive size?

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itGeeks

I was now able to view your post over at EXPenology though there where no reply. As for the 2TB limit, It seem your memory served you well though it looks like that was only an OS limitation. Have a look at this post, Your father was part of the conversation.

 

What RAID level are you using? I would opt for SHR1 on that box. Its not enabled by default, If you need instruction let me know....

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Ikon-TNG

I didn't see an option for SHR1 (not that I know what it is anyway). I chose JBOD. I have heard of it, and I think I pretty much understand how it works: just jam a bunch of HDDs together and treat them as one.

 

 

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