Mounting external USB NTFS drive to FreeNAS

This is a quick post on how to mount an external USB NTFS formatted hard drive (or memory stick) to FreeNAS. All that’s needed is to load the fuse driver, but it had me stumped for a bit until I found it in a forum post.

First things first, let’s plug in our drive and find out the device ID FreeNAS assigns it.

# dmesg
umass1: <ASMedia AS2105, class 0/0, rev 2.10/1.00, addr 3> on uhub4
da1 at umass-sim1 bus 1 target 0 lun 0
da1: <ST950042 0AS 0002> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device 
da1: 40.000MB/s transfers
da1: 476940MB (976773168 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 60801C)

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FreeNAS and Realtek RTL8168C/RTL8111DP/RTL8111E network card

Quick links to compiled v1.80 drivers
Ethernet Driver for Intel
Ethernet Driver for AMD64 (Thanks to Ruslan)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I built myself a NAS based on FreeNAS. It’s been rock solid for about 3 weeks now, no hiccups. One initial issue I did have was getting the RTL8168C/RTL8111DP/RTL8111E network card chipset to work. There is no FreeNAS out of the box support for this chipset, so I had to compile my own from source found on the Realtek website which you can find here. If you have issues downloading or compiling it, I’ve compiled version 1.80 which you can download from the top of this page. Ruslan has kindly compiled an AMD64 version as well.

First and foremost, verify that the module actually works and you can bring up your network card and get some activity over it. I’m going to assume at this point that you have no way of copying something onto your FreeNAS other than USB, so copy if_re.ko to a USB stick and plug it into your NAS.
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