Today I installed debian on NLSU2. An NLSU2 is a device that lets you access a hard drive over a network. We had some issues attempting to install Debian. At first we suspected it was the fact that we removed the jumper block which limits the data transfer to 1.5 gbits per second. After opening up the drive and putting the block back on, we discovered that this wasn't the case. Upon further investigation we learned that the 400GB hard drive was too big, so we ended up using a 60gb. Luckily after this, the installation worked. All in all, the whole process took around an hour to complete.
Though this could have been caused by the swap size. See comment below.