Originally Posted by myraid
Thanks Scott for the quick replies.
The USB will just be used in the Dune. The size is 8gb. I am just going to use it for the MM index and keep it connected.
My recommendation: initialize the USB key on the Dune by running dune_service_af_make_sstorage_and_ext3_on_pen.dsf, which you can get from this zipfile
(from this Russian forum
Put that dsf file on the network somewhere (not on the USB key), navigate to it, and select it. It will repartition your USB key so it's 2GB system storage and 6GB for data. It will erase all data on the USB key.
Then you can update the MyMovies index on the data partition over SMB. Here you have two options:
1. Point MyMovies to the USB key directly using a network path. I believe this will create a "My Movies" directory. This means you'll have to click twice to get to the MM index. You can now create a shortcut as I described above to reduce this to one click.
2. Point MyMovies to a local disk on your PC, then copy/synchronize that index onto the USB key. This has several advantages: you can remove the unnecessary MyMovies directory layer; you don't need to create a shortcut anymore (just select the USB key and you're into the MM index); and if done right, it can speed up index updates.
I use option 2 myself (with an SSD instead of USB key, because browsing the index is significantly faster with an SSD) because I think it results in a better user experience. But it does require more labor and maintenance when updating the index. I'm working on automating this system to make it easier for more people to use.
And finally, do you know about the internal USB port in the D1? You will have to open the box (possibly voiding the warranty) but then you won't have this ugly/fragile USB key sticking out the back.