Do you find any big flash on the board, same question for synology DS-106e.
You mentioned in the DS-106e review that there are 3 partitions on the disk, including the system partition. Which means that the hard drive is formated by the system when it is installed for the first time. Which also means that without the hard drive, the system should be boot up from some flash memory. Otherwise there is no way to partition and format the newly installed hard drive.
Yes - the system will boot with a blank drive and then format it.
Is the file system running in the Ramdisk( internal memory) or they are running on the hard drive? It looks that the file system is on the hard drive but I want to confirm.
It think it is split between the two. The OS and initial filesystem are in flash, then copied to RAM during boot. User configuration and changes are located on the hard drive after the system is initialized. In casually looking around, I found no executable code or scripts on the hard drive.
The reason I ask is: I have a freeNAS at home. I have to install the system on a hard driver manually from a CD-ROM. And the root file system is running in the ramdisk for freeNAS, so that any direct change to the configuration files such as /etc/passed, /usr/local/www will disappear when you power off. Unless you can pack the change to the mfsroot image.
Just want to see the difference, thanks...
I think that the only thing on the hard drive are things like the password file, samba configutation file, timezone settings, etc.