Maxtor Shared Storage II : Create New Disk

I have a 320GB version. This method was used to setup 320GB and 500GB drives for use in a Maxtor Shared Storage II single drive device.

Place drive into a linux box or use a LiveCD version of linux to create the drive. Download the firmware from seagate Maxtor Shared Storage II.

Replace all occurrences of X with the drive letter. If any partitions exist on the drive you will need to delete them all with the fdisk command d.

We partition the drive as follows

fdisk /dev/sdX
> n
> Type: p
> Partition: 1
> First: [enter]
> Last: +247M
> n
> Type: p
> Partition: 2
> First: [enter]
> Last: +247M
> n
> Type: p
> Partition: 3
> First: [enter]
> Last: +247M
> n
> Type: e
> First: [enter]
> Last: [enter]
> n
> First: [enter]
> Last: +490M
> n
> First: [enter]
> Last: [enter]
> a
> Partition: 1
> t
> Partition: 3
> Type: 82
> w

We format all the partitions of the drive.

mkswap /dev/sdX3
mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 /dev/sdX1
mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 /dev/sdX2
mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 /dev/sdX5
mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 /dev/sdX6

Extract the firmware image from the archive.

tar -zxvf MSS_V_3_1_28.bin

Put the image onto partition 1 and 2.

dd if=coyote-3.1.28.img of=/dev/sdX1 bs=1024k
dd if=coyote-3.1.28.img of=/dev/sdX2 bs=1024k

If all steps were completed correctly you may now place the drive into your Maxtor Shared Storage II.