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[GUIDE] XPEnology on Netgear ReadyNAS 4200

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We had a customer come into our software dev shop with a non-functional Netgear 4200 which they wanted us to pull their information from. Long story short it was a loose cable inside the case and after managing to pull their data off we asked them what they wanted to do with the unit.


Whatever you like they said having already replaced it.


The problem with the 4200 is that:

1. It's running a very old version of Netgear's RAIDiator OS which is seriously yucko

2. It only supports a max disk size of 2TB (considering it cost £5k circa 2011 this is a little disappointing)

3. Erm, sure there's more but after staring aghast at the kludgy web interface for managing the NAS we thought the status quo simply wouldn't do


Which is all a damn shame since the NAS is real purty and the build quality puts our real Synology RS2212+ boxes to shame:





Peeking inside shows a (custom?) Supermicro X7SB3 with 14 SATA ports (more on that later).





First step was to remove this little widget:




To install DSM onto a new USB we needed the following software:

1. NanoBoot-

2. Win32DiskImager-0.9.5-binary.zip

3. DSM_DS3612xs_4493.pat (Full unmodified version from Synology's site)


I won't bother reiterating the install steps, it's pretty standard stuff, nothing different.


The only tweak I had to make was to the synoinfo.conf file to ensure that DSM knows there are 14 ports on the motherboard since ports 1-6 are on the ICH9 controller with ports 7-14 on the LSI 1068E controller:

source: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1361&start=230#p9849












change (12):



to (14):



Do the same to /etc.defaults/synoinfo.conf


And you're done!







Guessing those Netgear 3200 and 4200 boxes I see on ebay from time to time going for £300 odd are going to get a little more expensive now...

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Glad you enjoyed it. Think emboldened by this my next project might be to use our Supermicro 16x SATA chassis and install this stuff on it.


FreeNAS is our NAS of choice but there are things DSM is simply far better at (Time Machine, Plex, etc.)

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This is perfect timing, I have a 4200 V2 that I've been looking for frontview alternatives. THe V2 has an X8SI6-NI015 board which is basically a Supermicro X8SI6-F with integrated LSI SAS 2008. Can you upload the image you're using so I can slap it on mine?

Deleted all the files once done. It's a standard NanoBoot install, followed this guide and it has links to all the necessary files:

http://cyanlabs.net/Thread-Install-Syno ... i-Non-ESXI

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