I have a 1TB My Book World Edition White Light connected to my household wireless router and we have two Linux laptops in the house (running Ubuntu 10.4). I can see the drive fine on the network. However, I want to mount a folder that I have created on the White Light on, for example, folder /media/aridus on my laptop. This will enable me to create backups, wirelessly, with my backup software (Back In Time) on the White Light (I need to be able to select a drive for the backup destination: Back In Time does not allow selection of a network destination). Back In Time requires the drive to support hard links.
I don’t really know what I am doing here but I have enabled nfs on the white light (using the web interface), created a folder, and have this line in my /etc/fstab file on one of the laptops (where the Xs represent the ip address of my White Light):
XXX.XXX.XX:/nfs/aridus /media/aridus nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,rw,hard,intr,user 0 0
This works, and I can make a backup to the White Light from Back In Time. However, it is incredibly slow. A backup that takes 5 minutes to a USB drive connected directly to the laptop takes about two hours to the White Light (time is important as I wish to run hourly backups). I have several questions:
Is using nfs the best solution? Is there a better alternative?
I don’t really understand the options that I have used on the line above (after ‘nfs’) I put them in after some reading around and from a few random examples that I found. If nfs is the best solution, could I speed up the terribly slow access by changing these options?
With grateful thanks for any help from anybody more knowledgeable than myself!