M9 - NDAS
External Storage Enclosure for
3.5” IDE Hard Drives
User Manual
(English)
v1.4
EN
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION
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CHAPTER 4 - NDAS SETUP
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ICON KEY
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DRIVER INSTALLATION ON A PC
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THE M9-NDAS
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DRIVER INSTALLATION ON A MAC
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
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REGISTERING A NEW DEVICE ON A PC
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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REGISTERING A NEW DEVICE ON A MAC
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PC REQUIREMENTS
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MOUNTING AND USING YOUR NDAS DISK
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MAC REQUIREMENTS
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MOUNTING THE NDAS DISK ON A PC
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DETAILED INFORMATION
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MOUNTING THE NDAS DISK ON A MAC
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CHAPTER 2 - INSTALLING THE HDD
CHAPTER 3 - SYSTEM SET UP
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INSTALLATION ON A PC USING USB 2.0
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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INSTALLATION ON A MAC USING USB 2.0
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UNPLUG PROCEDURE
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SHARING THE NDAS DISK ON THE LAN
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NDAS DEVICE MANAGEMENT ON A PC
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NDAS UTILITY ON A MAC
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DRIVER UPGRADE
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PC COMMAND LINE UTILITY
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CHAPTER 5 – FORMAT THE HDD
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PC RUNNING WIN98SE OR WINME
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PC RUNNING WIN2000 OR WINXP
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MAC OS
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CHAPTER 6 - APPENDIX
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TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
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FAN SETTING
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ABOUT THIS MANUAL
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Icon Key
Throughout this manual you will see icons on the left margin
that denote either Notes or Special Remarks as outlined below:
General Notes and Tips
Remarks for PC users and Microsoft Windows OS
Remarks for Mac users and Apple Macintosh OS
The M9-NDAS
The 'M9-NDAS' delivers high performance using NDAS
technology for you to share your disk on the local network,
whilst keeping it as simple as a standard Plug and Play device.
Extending your storage space has not only just become easier
but faster too. M9-NDAS features smart fan technology,
passive cooling, stackable design and high-speed USB 2.0
connection.
Product Dimensions:
16.5cm x 16.5 cm x 3.8 cm
6.50” x 6.50” x 1.50”
Package Contents
Package content
may vary,
depending on
vendor & version.
• M9-NDAS Enclosure
• External Power Adapter;
Input 100-240V, Output 12V/1.5A, 5V/1.5A
• Power cord, USB cable, Ethernet cable, Manual
• NDAS Driver CD (required for all Operating Systems)
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System Requirements
PC Requirements
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Minimum Intel Processor II 350MHz, 64MB RAM
USB 1.1 equipped PC; WinME, Win2000, WinXP
USB 2.0 equipped PC; WinME, Win2000, WinXP
100 Mbps or 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet card, or a USB-toEthernet converter equipped PC;
Win98SE, WinME, Win2000, WinXP
Mac Requirements
• Minimum Apple G3 processor, PowerPC, 64MB RAM
• USB 1.1 equipped Mac; Mac OS 9.2 or above
• USB 2.0 equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2, 10.3 or above
• 100Mbps or 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet card, or a USB-toEthernet converter equipped Mac; OS 10.3 or above
Detailed Information
Make sure not to
lose the ID number
and write it down for
later use.
Fan speed settings:
A = Auto
M = Manual
H = High Speed
L = Low Speed
Front LED status lights:
Red = HDD Access & Power
Amber = Network Status (LINK)
Green = 100Mb/s Connection
X
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Y Z
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Power Switch ON/OFF
Power Receptacle
Fan Speed settings (Auto/Low/High)
100Base-TX port (RJ-45)
USB 2.0 High Speed port
Security slot
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Chapter 2 - Installing the HDD
1. Lift the top cover off the body.
Your unit may come
with a pre-installed
hard drive. Before
opening the
enclosure, please
read the warranty
and any other notes
from your vendor
carefully before
doing so, as this
could void your
warranty.
The HDD jumper
should be set to
Master.
Be careful not to
damage any cables
or components and
double check the
connection between
the cables, the
bridge board and
your hard drive
before you closing
the case.
2. Install the hard drive and connect the cables to your drive.
3. Turn the enclosure around and fasten the four screws.
4. Attach the thermal probe with the tape provided to the top of
the drive, somewhere near the spindle motor.
5. Align the top cover with the body and push lightly into place.
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Chapter 3 - System Set Up
In NDAS mode, the ‘M9-NDAS’ is directly attached to a
100MB/s full duplex Ethernet switch. Each user on the network
can use the NDAS disk as if it were a local drive.
The ‘M9-NDAS’ can
only be accessed
from the internal
LAN. It is not
possible to connect
remotely.
Do not connect
the USB and
Ethernet cables
simultaneously!
In USB 2.0 High Speed mode, the ‘M9-NDAS’ is directly
attached to a single computer using the USB port.
To assure the best
performance on the
network, only use
network switches
and routers.
A few tips on how to connect your M9-NDAS:
• Make sure all computers sharing the disk are using the
same driver revision.
• Do not cover the Enclosure and leave enough room around
it for ventilation.
• Do not expose the product to water or humid conditions.
• Always check for visible damage and defects of power and
interface cables before using it.
• We recommend using the cables supplied with your product.
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Installation on a PC using USB 2.0
To connect the device via USB 2.0 High Speed to a single
computer, see following instructions:
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power before
connecting the USB
cable.
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Turn on your Computer and start Windows.
Make sure the Ethernet cable is disconnected.
Connect the M9-NDAS via USB 2.0 and turn it on.
Let Windows search for and install the driver automatically.
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive.
For factory new drives and more info about formatting, see
chapter 5.
Unplug Procedure
For the safe removal of your drive and to assure that no data is
lost, always follow the correct unplug procedure. Otherwise, an
error message will appear.
• Click on the taskbar icon for external hardware.
• Choose your external hard drive and confirm to remove it.
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Installation on a Mac using USB 2.0
To connect the device via USB 2.0 High Speed to a single
computer, see following instructions:
If the system
doesn’t recognize
the drive, turn on
the power before
connecting the USB
cable.
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Turn on your computer and start Mac OS.
Make sure the Ethernet cable is disconnected.
Connect the M9-NDAS and turn it on.
No driver installation required.
The external drive will mount and show up on your desktop.
For factory new drives and more info about formatting, see
chapter 5.
Unplug Procedure
For the safe removal of your drive and to assure that no data is
lost, always follow the correct unplug procedure. Otherwise, an
error message will appear.
• Drag the external hard drive icon into the trash bin.
• Turn off your device.
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Chapter 4 - NDAS Setup
Driver installation on a PC
Without the Write
Key, the NDAS disk
can only be
accessed with
‘Read Only’ permit.
• Insert the driver CD and select your Operating System.
• If installation does not start automatically, browse and
double-click on the ‘NDASSetup’ file.
• Follow the installation wizard and install the driver.
• Accept any warning of missing signature or logo testing.
• Restart your system when prompted to do so.
Driver installation on a Mac
If for some reason,
you can not find
your ID number,
write down the
serial number and
contact your vendor.
The device ID and
Write Key do not
contain the letter O.
Please use the
number 0 for all 0’s.
• Insert the driver CD.
• Browse for the ‘NDAS Install’ package and execute it.
• Follow the installation wizard and install the driver.
• After finishing the installation, restart your computer.
Registering a new device on a PC
• Click on the NDAS Device Management icon on the taskbar.
• Select ‘Register a New Device’.
• Depending on your setup under Options/Advanced/Menu,
you can use the registration wizard or do it manually.
• Enter a name for your NDAS disk or use the default name.
• Add your NDAS device ID and if you also want to write to
the disk, enter the Write Key (last 5 digits).
After adding a new
device, the Found
New Hardware
Wizard may appear.
Let is search for
and install the
drivers
automatically.
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Registering a new device on a Mac
• Locate the ‘NDAS Utility’ found inside your Applications
folder under Utilities and open it.
Without the Write
Key, the NDAS disk
can only be
accessed with
‘Read Only’ rights.
• Under Management, select ‘Register a New Device’.
• Enter a name for your NDAS disk or use the default name.
• Add your NDAS device ID and if you also want to be able to
write to the disk, enter the Write Key (last 5 digits).
Write down your ID
number and do not
lose it. If for some
reason, you can not
find it anymore,
write down the
serial number and
contact your vendor.
Note: The device ID and Write Key do not contain the letter O.
Please use the number 0 for all 0’s.
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Mounting and using your NDAS disk
Mounting the NDAS disk on a PC
Read & Write mode
will be disabled if
the Write Key was
no entered during
the registration
process.
If a Mac is
connected using the
Read & Write mode,
other computers
can only connect
using the Read
Only mode.
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Click on the NDAS Device Management icon on the taskbar.
Select your new NDAS device, which should now be listed.
Mount the drive using either Read Only or Read & Write.
The drive is now available under My Computer.
Mounting the NDAS disk on a Mac
• Open the NDAS Utility and select your new NDAS device.
• Under ‘Configuration’, mount the drive using either the
Read Only or Read & Write mode.
• The drive will now appear on your desktop.
If a PC is connected
using the Read &
Write mode, the
Mac can only
connect using the
Read Only mode.
If this is a brand
new hard drive, see
‘Formatting the
HDD’.
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Using and sharing the NDAS disk on the network
If the disk is
connected directly
to the computer
using USB, full
access is granted,
regardless of the
driver setup used
on the network.
Now that you have successfully installed the NDAS disk, you
can use it like any other hard drive on your system. It will
behave very similarly to a standard USB disk in comparison.
You may drag and drop files into the NDAS disk, you can
create new folders, copy, paste, move or delete files or use it
as your backup device. To share and access the drive, you
have the following options to limit or allow the access.
Read Only:
Users can only read from the disk.
If a Mac is
connected using the
Read & Write mode,
other computers
can only connect
using the Read
Only mode.
If a PC is connected
using the Read &
Write mode, the
Mac can only
connect using the
Read Only mode.
Read & Write:
Users can read and write to the disk and can also delete any
files created by someone else.
No ID number:
Without driver and without an ID number, the device can
neither be found nor accessed on the network.
No Write Key:
Without the Write Key, the disk can only be mounted using the
Read Only mode.
Unmount:
To eject the disk, close all open folders and files, then select
Unmount to eject it. The device will still be registered and you
can mount it again anytime you need it.
Changing Modes:
To change from Read & Write mode to Read Only as an
example, first Unmount the device, then mount it again using
the new mode.
Tip: For best performance, use only network switches and
routers but no hubs. When you write to the disk, limit the
access for as few users as possible, to speed up the transfer
rate.
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NDAS Device Management on a PC
Click on the NDAS Device Management icon located on the
taskbar. All registered NDAS devices will be displayed on the
menu.
If you want to use
suspend or
hibernation mode
with a connected
NDAS device,
enable it first under
Options and
Advanced.
To change a device
name or remove the
Write Key, select
your NDAS device
and go to
Properties for
further commands.
To deactivate your
device or reset the
connection, select
your NDAS device,
go to Properties
and select the
Advanced tab for
further commands.
Register a New Device:
Registers a new NDAS device to your computer.
Refresh Status:
Updates status of your NDAS devices.
About:
Displays NDAS software version information.
Options:
Advanced options for language settings, error messages,
menu dialogs and support for suspend and hibernation.
Device Functions:
To view the present status and function of a certain device,
place the cursor on your NDAS disk. You will be able to see the
current state such as Disconnected, Connected, Mounted
(RW), Mounted (RO) or Deactivated.
Mounted (RW) stands for Read & Write mode, Mounted (RO)
stands for Read Only mode.
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Device Status Modes
Color
To uninstall the
entire Device
Management tool,
first eject and
remove all NDAS
devices, then use
the Add or Remove
Programs utility in
your Control Panel
to remove the
NDAS Software.
Green
Blue
White
Black
Red
Yellow
Icon Disk Icon Mode / Meaning
Read Only [Mounted (RO)]
■
Users can only read from disk
Read & Write [Mounted (RW)]
■
Users can read and write to disk
Connected
■
Disk is ready to be mounted
Disconnected
■
Device is registered but not
connected or mounted
Deactivated
Device is registered but no
attempts will be made to
communicate with your device
Bound Non-Primary
Used for bound NDAS devices
except the primary device
NDAS Utility on a Mac
Locate the ‘NDAS Utility’ found inside your Applications folder
under Utilities and open it. All registered NDAS devices will be
listed here.
To access the
Configuration and
mount a device,
select the hard disk
itself, as shown in
this screenshot.
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Configuration:
Selection to Mount and Unmount the device using either Read
Only or Read & Write mode.
To uninstall the
NDAS Utility, first
eject all devices
and remove them,
then insert the
driver CD, open the
corresponding
folder for your OS
and start the ‘NDAS
Uninstaller’.
+ Sign:
Register a New Device.
Management:
Both the above can be done using the Management menu on
top of your screen.
To remove the Write
Key, select the
NDAS device itself,
as shown in this
screenshot.
Without the Write
Key, the Read &
Write mode will be
disabled.
Device Name:
NDAS device name
Remove Write Key:
If there is an existing Write Key, it can be removed by clicking
this button. The device can then only be mounted using the
Read Only mode.
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Driver Upgrade
It is recommended that all users use the same driver revision.
Before upgrading the driver, please follow these guidelines:
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If possible, first backup all your data.
Disable all NDAS devices.
Uninstall the present driver.
Install the new driver.
Register the NDAS devices again.
Mount the NDAS devices.
You should now be able to use the NDAS devices again.
PC Command Line Utility
For advanced users on a PC, there is an option to run the
NDAS software from a command line interface.
• Open the command line and type following:
cd C:\Program Files\NDAS\System
(Folder may vary depending on driver being used)
• Type ndascmd.exe, which will load the command line
interface for the NDAS software
The Syntax for the interface should be as follows:
ndascmd <command> [parameters]
The supported commands are following:
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register <name> <device id without dash> [write key]
unregister <device number>
list devices
list logicaldevices
mount <logical device number> [ro|rw]
unplug <logical device number>
unmount <logical device number>
activate <device number>
deactivate <device number>
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Chapter 5 - Formatting the HDD
Be aware that this will destroy all your existing data on the
drive!
DO NOT format
the drive when
other computers
have the NDAS
device mounted.
PC running Win98SE or WinME
MS-DOS command “fdisk” (press Enter to confirm)
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Type “fdisk” and press Enter
Select ”Y” and press Enter
Enter "5” to change the drive
Select the drive you want to format
Choose “1” and follow the onscreen instructions
For best
compatibility
between different
Operating Systems,
use the FAT32 file
system. FAT32 can
be accessed on
most systems but
the file size for a
single file is limited
to 4GB only.
It is recommended
to format the hard
drive using the
interface you will
most likely be
accessing the drive
with.
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PC running Win2000 or WinXP
For Win2000 and
WinXP, we
recommend using
the NTFS file format.
Disk Management Program
• Right click on “My Computer” and choose “Manage”
• Select “Disk Management”
• Choose the drive you want to format and right click on it for
further commands (Choose New Partition)
• Follow the Partition Wizard to setup your disk
If the NTFS file
system is used, the
drive will only be
recognised on
Win2000 and
WinXP.
Mac OS X can see
the drive and read
data from it but can
not write to it.
Formatting on
Win2000/XP using
FAT32, the biggest
single partition you
can create will be
32GB. To create
larger partitions,
use the DOS
command under
WinME or use 3rd
party software.
It is recommended to format the hard drive using the interface
you will most likely be accessing the drive with.
Note: DO NOT perform disk operations (format, partition,
chkdsk) when other computers have the NDAS mounted.
It is important that your NDAS device is listed as a Basic
Disk and not a Dynamic Disk.
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Mac OS
If native Mac file
system is used, the
drive will only be
recognised on Mac
systems.
To access the drive
on both PC and
Mac, format the
drive using MSDOS (FAT32)
Mac OS9.2 does not support creating multiple partitions on an
external drive. To do that, you would need to purchase
additional 3rd party software, connect the drive to the internal
IDE bus or upgrade to OS X.
For Mac OS X, use the Disk Utility to format and create
partitions on your external disk.
• Select “Disk Utility” in the utilities folder
• Choose your external drive and setup your disk
If you can not see
the drive, make
sure the jumper
settings of your
hard drive are
correct, there are
no extension
conflicts and the
power is turned on!
It is recommended to format the hard drive using the interface
you will most likely be accessing the drive with.
Note: DO NOT perform disk operations (format, partition,
erase) when other computers have the NDAS mounted.
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Chapter 6 - Appendix
Technical Questions
For RMA and other questions, please contact your vendor or
check out their online support area!
Please read your
warranty carefully,
as this may vary
between different
vendors!
If you lose your device ID number, please write down the serial
number and contact your vendor.
For NDAS mode, the drivers need to be loaded on each
computer that wants access to the NDAS device. However, if
you are using Windows Sharing, only one computer needs the
software installed. The other computers will not need it.
To disconnect the NDAS disk, we always recommend using the
option in your Device Management (Device Utility for Mac) if
connected via Ethernet. You can use the ‘Unplug or Eject
Hardware” icon in your taskbar (Eject for Mac) to stop the disk
before disconnecting it from the Device Management. Close all
windows that may be accessing the NDAS device.
Fan Setting
There are 3 modes available for you to select the desired
cooling. Automatic (Auto), Manual Low (M/L), Manual High
(M/H).
We recommend you leave your unit on the Auto setting. When
this mode is selected, the M9-NDAS automatically adjusts the
fan speed up and down as necessary to keep the HDD cool.
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About this Manual
This manual covers all versions of the M9-NDAS. Images and
descriptions may therefore slightly vary between this manual
and the actual product you have. When you upgrade the driver,
be sure to check if there is a new manual available for
download.
© Copyright 2006 by Macpower & Tytech Technology Co., Ltd. all Rights Reserved
The information contained in this manual is believed to be accurate and reliable. Macpower & Tytech
Technology assumes no responsibility for any errors contained in this manual. Macpower & Tytech
Technology reserves the right to make changes in the specifications and/or design of this product without
prior notice. The diagrams contained in this manual may also not fully represent the product that you are
using and are there for illustration purposes only. Macpower & Tytech Technology assumes no responsibility
for any differences between the product mentioned in this manual and the product you may have.
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