PD-SATA USB/LAN
Network Attached Storage Enclosure
for 3.5” SATA Hard Drives
User Manual
& Installation Guide
March 16, 2008 - v1.0
USER MANUAL
PD-SATA USB/LAN
Table of Contents
1
INTRODUCTION .............................1
4.2
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
ICON KEY ...................................1
THE PD-SATA USB/LAN............1
PACKAGE CONTENTS...................1
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS .............2
WEB CONFIGURATION ...............12
4.2.1 Status..................................12
4.2.2
4.2.3
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
1.4.1 PC Requirements..................2
1.4.2 Mac Requirements................2
1.5
DETAILED VIEW ...........................2
IP Config .............................15
Maintenance .......................15
SMB Server ........................18
FTP Server..........................20
XBOX360 Media .................23
Disk Utility ...........................24
1.5.1 Rear View .............................2
5
2
NETWORK STORAGE .................25
INSTALLING THE HDD ..................3
5.1
3
2.1
PREPARING THE ENCLOSURE .......3
2.2
HARD DRIVE ASSEMBLY ...............4
5.1.1 Windows Explorer ...............25
5.1.2 Mapping Network Drives.....26
5.1.3 Disconnect Network Drives.27
5.1.4 FTP .....................................28
5.2
FILE ACCESS ON A MAC..............29
SYSTEM SETUP .............................5
3.1
PC INSTALLATION USING USB......6
3.1.1 USB Connection ...................6
3.1.2 Remove Procedure ...............6
3.2
MAC INSTALLATION USING USB....7
3.2.1 USB Connection ...................7
3.2.2 Remove Procedure ...............7
4
LAN DISK SETUP...........................8
4.1
HOW TO LOGIN ...........................8
4.1.1
4.1.2
4.1.3
4.1.4
Login on a PC .......................8
LAN Disk Utility .....................9
Login on a Mac ...................10
Peer to Peer........................ 11
FILE ACCESS ON A PC ...............25
5.2.1 SMB ....................................29
5.2.2 FTP .....................................31
5.3
XBOX 360 MEDIA SERVER .........32
6
APPENDIX ....................................34
6.1
6.2
6.3
FAQ ........................................34
ABOUT DATA BACKUP ................35
ABOUT THIS MANUAL .................36
USER MANUAL
PD-SATA USB/LAN
1 Introduction
1.1 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.
Important information.
1.2 The PD-SATA USB/LAN
The PD-SATA USB/LAN offers both high speed USB 2.0 and
LAN connection in one unit! A slim, stylish and powerful
aluminium enclosure for your 3.5" SATA hard drive, designed to
share and access your data on the home network. Features
fan less design and passive cooling, ideal for home users and
quiet working environments.
Product Dimensions:
23.0cm x 14.0 cm x 5.0 cm
9.05” x 5.50” x 1.95”
1.3 Package Contents
Features and
package contents
mentioned in this
manual may vary
between different
models.
• PD-SATA USB/LAN enclosure
• Aluminium stand for the enclosure
• External power adapter;
Input 100-240V, Output 12V/2A, 5V/2A
• USB 2.0 and Ethernet cable
• Manual
• CD with LAN disk utility for PC
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1.4 System Requirements
1.4.1 PC Requirements
• Minimum Intel Processor III 500MHz, 128MB RAM
• USB 2.0 (USB 1.1) equipped PC; Windows 2000/XP/Vista
• 10, 100 or 10/100Mbps fast Ethernet card, or a USB-toEthernet converter equipped PC; Windows 2000/XP/Vista
1.4.2 Mac Requirements
• Minimum Apple G4 processor, 128MB RAM
• USB 2.0 (USB 1.1) equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2 or above
• 10, 100 or 10/100Mbps fast Ethernet card, or a USB-toEthernet converter equipped Mac; Mac OS 10.2 or above
1.5 Detailed View
1.5.1 Rear View
If you forgot the
login, press and
hold the reset
button, turn on the
device and wait for
the LED to stop
blinking (~30 sec).
Release the button
and reboot the LAN
disk. This will reset
the device to its
factory default
settings.
X
Y
1. Status lights
Amber = HDD access (HDD)
Yellow = System status (SYSTEM)
Green = Network status (LINK)
Z
2. 10/100 Auto sensing port
(RJ-45)
[
3. Reset button
4. USB 2.0 interface
\
]
5. Power receptacle
6. Power switch
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2 Installing the HDD
2.1 Preparing the Enclosure
Always remove the
power adapter from
the main socket
before you open
your enclosure.
Remove the 4 screws on the bottom and then slide the case off
the body. You do not need to remove the screws for the
aluminium stand (feet).
The aluminium
stand (feet) does
not have to be
removed in order to
install the hard drive.
If the top cover is mounted, remove the 4 screws that are
holding it in place and then lift it off the body.
Your unit might
come with an
installed hard drive.
Before opening
such an enclosure,
please read the
warranty and any
other notes from
your vendor
carefully, as this
might void your
warranty.
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2.2 Hard Drive Assembly
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 close up
the case.
Connect the SATA cable and the power line to your hard drive.
Install the hard drive and fasten the 4 screws to hold the drive
in place.
Align the top cover with the body and fasten the screws, before
you slide it back into the casing. Fasten the last 4 screws on
the bottom and then re-connect your power adapter and
interface cable.
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3 System Setup
Make sure your
computer is
connected to the
same network as
your LAN disk.
In LAN mode, the PD-SATA is attached to an Ethernet switch
or router. Each user on the network can use the LAN disk and
access it using FTP or SMB.
Do not connect the
USB and Ethernet
cables at the same
time!
In USB 2.0 High Speed mode, the PD-SATA is directly attached
to a single computer via the USB connection. Only one
workstation at a time can access the drive.
To assure optimum
performance on the
network, only use
network switches
and routers.
If you buy a spare
power adapter,
make sure the
specifications are
identical with the
power adapter
supplied!
A few thoughts on how to operate your device:
• Do not cover the enclosure and leave enough room around
it for the drive to cool down.
• Do not expose the product to water or humid conditions.
• Always check for visible damage and defects to power and
interface cables before use.
• We recommend only using the cables and adapter supplied
with your product.
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3.1 Installation on a PC using USB
If you modify the
partitions or file
system when the
drive is connected
via USB, keep in
mind that the LAN
disk is only able to
access the first
partition and only if
it’s formatted using
the FAT32 file
system.
Formatting the drive
will erase all data
and settings of the
LAN disk as well!
3.1.1 USB Connection
Before connecting the device, make sure the hard drive has
been installed properly and the power supply has been
connected to the main socket. If the drive has been preinstalled and setup already, just connect and turn it on.
•
•
•
•
Turn on your computer and start Windows
Connect the device via USB and turn it on
Let Windows search and install the driver automatically
Open “My Computer” to see your external hard drive
If the system doesn’t recognise the drive, make sure it has
been formatted properly by using the disk utility of the LAN disk.
If it has been formatted already, disconnect and re-connect the
USB cable or turn on the power first, before connecting the
USB cable.
3.1.2 Remove Procedure
For the safe removal of your drive and to assure that no data is
lost, always follow the correct unplug procedure. Otherwise, an
The users and
passwords you set
up for your network
drive do not apply
when the drive is
connected via USB.
You will have
unlimited access to
all files and folders!
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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3.2 Installation on a Mac using USB
If you modify the
partitions or file
system when the
drive is connected
via USB, keep in
mind that the LAN
disk is only able to
access the first
partition and only if
it’s formatted using
the FAT32 file
system.
Formatting the drive
will erase all data
and settings of the
LAN disk as well!
3.2.1 USB Connection
Before connecting the device, make sure the hard drive has
been installed properly and the power supply has been
connected to the main socket. If the drive has been preinstalled and setup already, just connect and turn it on.
•
•
•
•
Turn on your computer and start Mac OS
Connect the device and turn it on
No driver installation required
The external drive will mount and show up on your desktop
If the system doesn’t recognise the drive, make sure it has
been formatted properly by using the disk utility of the LAN disk.
If the drive has been formatted already, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable.
3.2.2 Remove Procedure
For the safe removal of your drive and to assure that no data is
lost, always follow the correct unplug procedure.
For the safe
removal of your
drive and to assure
that no data is lost,
always follow the
correct unplug
procedure.
• Drag the external hard drive icon into the trash bin.
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4 LAN Disk Setup
The USB cable has
to be disconnected
in order for the
network drive to
work. It is not
possible to use both
interfaces at the
same time!
To connect the LAN
disk to your network,
an additional switch,
router or hub may
be required.
If you connect the
LAN disk to your
computer directly,
make sure to obtain
the IP address and
DNS settings
automatically,
otherwise you may
not be able to find
the device.
To configure your LAN disk, you will need to use a web
browser, enter the IP address of your device and then use the
web configuration for further setup.
Before trying to access the device, make sure the USB cable
has been disconnected and the drive is connected to the same
local network as your computer.
4.1 How to Login
4.1.1 Login on a PC
Open your web browser and type STORAGE or if connected
directly to your computer, type 169.254.0.1 into the URL field
and hit the Enter key to connect.
If you have more than one device connected at the same time,
type STORAGE-xxxx, where the xxxx stands for the last four
digits of your Mac address as seen on the bottom of your
device (example STORAGE-2343).
Default Login
Username: admin
Password: admin
Note: We strongly suggest you to change the password as
soon as you are logged in, to prevent unauthorized access.
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4.1.2 LAN Disk Utility
If typing STORAGE in your web browser does not work, use
the LAN disk utility that has been included on the CD.
The LAN disk utility
is only available for
Windows.
1. Start the LAN disk utility (double click on the EXE file).
2. Click on “Search for Remote Devices”.
In order for the LAN
disk utility to find
and access the
network drive, your
firewall at UDP port
14675 has to be
opened.
3. Select your device from the list of available network drives.
Instead of selecting
your device from
the list, you could
also use its IP
address and enter
that into the URL
field of your web
browser.
4. By clicking on your device, a pop-up message will appear.
Enter the admin password to login.
5. Click on “Management” to setup your device.
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Instead of using the
terminal to find out
the IP address of
your network drive,
you could also
access the DHCP
records on your
router and see
which IP has been
assigned to your
device.
In an office or
company, please
contact your system
administrator for
help to setup your
device.
4.1.3 Login on a Mac
You will have to find out the IP address of your network drive
and then use the web browser to access the configuration
page.
1. Turn on your device and make sure it is connected to the
same local network as your computer.
2. Start the Terminal utility, which is usually located in your
Applications folder under Utilities.
3. Type nmblookup STORAGE. This is the default name of
your network drive, so if that has previously been changed
and you don’t know the correct name, reset the device first.
The complete command looks like this:
nmblookup STORAGE
4. After entering the previous command and hitting the Enter
key, it should return an IP address, followed by the name
you just entered.
If you have more than one device connected at the same time,
type “nmblookup STORAGE-xxxx, whereas the xxxx stands for
the last four digits of your Mac address as seen on the bottom
of your device (example STORAGE-2343).
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5. Open your web browser and enter the IP address from the
previous step to access the web configuration interface.
The IP address as
seen in the screen
captures is for
reference only. Your
IP address will most
likely be different.
To reset the device,
to its factory default
settings, press and
hold the reset
button, turn on the
power and wait for
the LED to stop
blinking (~30 sec).
Release the button
and reboot the LAN
disk.
If you connect the
LAN disk to your
computer directly,
make sure to obtain
the IP address and
DNS settings
automatically,
otherwise you may
not be able to find
the device.
6. Press the Enter key and you will be asked for the username
and password to login.
Default Login
Username: admin
Password: admin
Note: We strongly suggest you to change the password as
soon as you are logged in, to prevent unauthorized access.
4.1.4 Peer to Peer
If you connect the network drive directly to your computer via
Ethernet cable, you can access it using its default IP
169.254.0.1. Open the web browser and enter 169.254.0.1 to
access the configuration page.
Note: You can use the standard patch cable that has been
included with your product. There is no need for a crossover
cable because the DHCP server of the network drive will turn
on automatically.
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4.2 Web Configuration
To reset the device,
to its factory default
settings, press and
hold the reset
button, turn on the
power and wait for
the LED to stop
blinking (~30 sec).
Release the button
and reboot the LAN
disk.
By default, the
encoding is set to
English. If you want
to store or transfer
files with a different
encoding (different
language), choose
the corresponding
language from the
drop down list.
If the encoding
does not match the
language of your
files, the transfer
can not be
completed and file
names will be
corrupted.
Open your web browser, enter the IP address of your network
drive and login. The default login is admin/admin.
4.2.1 Status
• Host Name: This name is used to identify your device on the
network. If you prefer a different name that is easier to
identify, click on Change and type in a new name.
• Group Name: This should be the same name as your
workgroup. In general, the default, WORKGROUP will be OK
but if your workstation belongs to a different group, click on
Change to modify the workgroup.
On a PC, right click on My Computer and choose Properties.
Go to the Computer Name tab to see your current workgroup.
For a Mac to join a Windows workgroup, open the directory
access utility (under Applications Æ Utilities). Select SMB
and click Configure to modify the settings (administrator
access is required to access this option).
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The date and time
settings are only
accurate as long as
the power is turned
on.
If SNTP is disabled
and you turn off or
remove the power
supply, the date and
time have to be set
again!
If SNTP is set to
Auto and a time
server is selected, it
will automatically
synchronise the
time at boot up.
If the encoding
does not match the
language of your
files, the transfer
can not be
completed and file
names may be
corrupted.
• Administrator: This is the account used to manage the
settings of your network drive. The admin user name can not
be changed but we strongly recommend changing the
password as soon as you have logged in for the first time, to
prevent any unauthorised access.
Click on Change, enter your new password, click OK to apply
it and you will be asked to login again with your new
password.
• Date/Time: Click on Change to setup the correct date and
time. By default, SNTP is disabled, so you can enter the date
and time manually, then click OK to save the settings.
If internet access is available, we recommend setting SNTP
to AUTO instead. Select a time server from the list, choose
your time zone and if necessary select the option for daylight
savings. Click OK to apply the new settings and it will
automatically synchronise date & time with the time server.
• Language: By default, the encoding is set to English. If you
want to store or transfer files with a different encoding
(different language), choose the corresponding language
from the drop down list. Click on Help for further details.
In order to transfer and view the files correctly, it is important
that you select the correct language!
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• Firmware Version: Displays the current firmware and loader
version. Check your vendor’s website for possible updates.
It is recommended
to periodically
check the website
of your vendor for
possible updates.
If you modify the
partitions or file
system when the
drive is connected
via USB, keep in
mind that the LAN
disk is only able to
access the first
partition and only if
it’s formatted using
the FAT32 file
system.
If the disk
information shows
that the drive has
not been found, use
the disk utility to
format it again.
• Network Information: Displays the current IP address and
the MAC address of your network drive.
The DHCP server should be disabled in order not to interfere
with your existing DHCP server. In most circumstances, your
router will be assigning the IP addresses or in a company, a
dedicated DHCP server might already be running.
When the network drive is connected directly to your
computer via patch cable but without a router, the DHCP
server will be turned on. This will allow you to connect to the
network drive without crossover cable.
• Service Information: By default, both Samba and FTP
services are enabled, allowing you to transfer files via FTP or
mount the network drive using SMB.
If you only use one of these services, we recommend
disabling the other one for security reasons. You can always
enable it again in the future.
• Disk Information: Displays details about the installed hard
drive and the capacity.
If you do not see any details, it is possible that the drive has
not yet been installed or it has not been recognised because
it has not yet been formatted. Make sure the hard drive has
been installed properly and then use the disk utility to format
it.
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4.2.2 IP Config
To find out the
correct settings for
a static IP setup,
refer to your router
settings or ask your
system
administrator.
By default, the IP Config is set to Automatic IP. This is the
recommended setting and will allow the network drive to obtain
its IP address automatically.
If you prefer setting it manually, select the Static IP option,
enter your own values and click Apply to confirm the new
settings.
Setting it manually is useful when it often obtains a different IP
address but you need to have a static IP address in order to
mount the network drive or set up port forwarding as an
example.
4.2.3 Maintenance
The tools found under maintenance can be used to upgrade
the firmware of your LAN disk and to reset the device to its
factory default settings. Read the description displayed for
each tool for more details.
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• Firmware Upload: Here you can update the loader and
firmware for your network drive.
It is recommended
to periodically
check the website
of your vendor for
possible updates.
1. Download the latest firmware and loader from your
vendor’s website.
2. Store the files on your computer and unzip them if
necessary.
3. Click on Browse and locate the firmware (BIN file).
4. Click on Upload.
Never turn off your
device during the
firmware upgrade
procedure or it may
damage it!
5. Confirm the pop-up message to start the upgrade.
6. Wait and DO NOT click anywhere else or turn off the
power! This might take a few minutes.
7. Once the upgrade is done, it will prompt you to reboot the
device.
8. Click on Reboot to restart the device.
9. Wait for about one minute and then go to the Status page
to confirm the upgrade was successful.
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• System Reboot: This can be used to restart the network
drive after a firmware upgrade.
1. Click on Reboot.
Make sure all
current operations
are done before
rebooting the
device.
2. Confirm the pop-up message to restart the device.
3. Wait for about one minute before refreshing the page.
• Factory Defaults: If you experience problems and after a
firmware upgrade, it is recommended to reset all settings.
Resetting the
device will remove
all folders from the
sharing list, erase
the FTP accounts
and reset all other
settings!
1. Click on Reset.
2. Confirm the pop-up message to reset all settings.
3. Click on Reboot to restart the device.
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4.2.4 SMB Server
The public folder is
created by default.
To access it, move it
to the sharing list.
Only use the
English alphabet
and no special
characters when
creating new folders.
Only the folders on
the sharing list will
be accessible on
the network. Use
the arrow buttons to
add and remove the
folders from that list.
Only use the English alphabet for folder names and no special
characters or spaces. You can create a maximum of 16 folders.
The default ports used by the SMB server are 137-139.
1. To create and share a new folder, click on Create.
2. Type a name for the new folder and click OK (max 12 bytes).
3. Select the new folder and click on the right arrow button to
move it to the sharing list, making it accessible to all users.
Deleting a folder will
also erase all the
files on the hard
drive that are stored
inside that directory!
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4. To limit access, you can set an optional password. Select
the folder in the sharing list and click on Password.
The password is
optional and only
required if you like
to limit access to it.
A star mark after the
folder name means
that this directory is
password protected.
You don’t usually
have to enter a
username but if it’s
required for login,
use guest.
Remember to
enable the Samba
service on the
Status page when
you plan on using
the SMB server.
5. Enter a new password for this folder. When the user tries to
access this folder later, this will be the password they need
to type in.
6. In the sharing list, the folder will now have a star mark. This
means that it is password protected.
Now that you have set up the folders that you wish to share on
your LAN disk, you can access them from other computers on
your local network.
You can remove the folders from the sharing list at any time
and also rename them if required. When deleting, remember
that this will also remove all the files in that directory!
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4.2.5 FTP Server
Remember to
enable the FTP
service on the
Status page when
you plan on using
the FTP server.
When you change
the port number for
the FTP server,
remember to adjust
your firewall, or
otherwise the FTP
access will most
likely be blocked.
If the anonymous
FTP account is set
to a shared folder
with password
protected access,
the password will be
ineffective and the
directory can be
accessed via FTP.
When creating FTP accounts only use the English alphabet
and no special characters or spaces.
• FTP Server Configuration: The standard port for the FTP
service is 21. If required, you can change it and use any port
number from 1025-65500 but in general, we recommend
using the default of 21.
• Allow Anonymous: This will allow an FTP user to login
without username or password. For security reasons, it’s
best to keep this disabled.
If you like to grant FTP access to an anonymous user, set it
to Enable. Decide if that user will have read only or read &
write access and select the home directory for the
anonymous user. Click on Apply to save the new settings.
1. To add a new account, click on Add.
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2. Enter a name for the new FTP account (max 12 bytes) and
click on Add.
Only use the
English alphabet
and no special
characters or
spaces for the FTP
account.
Only the folders on
the sharing list will
be accessible for
the FTP user. Use
the arrow buttons to
add and remove the
folders from that list.
3. Select the new account from the list and click on Modify.
4. Here you have the option to add a password and change the
access rights for that particular FTP account.
5. Set a new password (max 12 bytes) and decide if the user
can only view and download the files (read only) or if files
can also be uploaded, modified and deleted (read/write).
Click on Modify to apply the new settings.
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6. For the FTP user to access the files, move the folder you
want to share by clicking on the right arrow button to the
sharing list.
The password of a
SMB folder does
not apply to the FTP
account. As long as
the folder is in the
sharing list for that
particular FTP
account, the user
will have access to
that directory.
The folders from the SMB server will be available here but
you can also add new and modify existing ones if required.
Use the arrow buttons to add and remove the folders from
the sharing list. Use the Create button to add more folders
and the delete button to erase a folder and all its content.
7. Click on Back to return to the FTP server page.
Deleting a folder will
also erase all the
files on the hard
drive that are stored
inside that directory!
8. In the account list, you can see an overview of the existing
FTP accounts and their status. You can change them at any
time by selecting the account and modifying, disabling or
deleting it.
Note: For FTP file transfers we recommend using a dedicated
FTP application.
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4.2.6 XBOX360 Media
The UPnP AV
server of the LAN
disk is designed
only for the Xbox
360 video console
from Microsoft and
it’s only possible to
share photos and
music files.
The UPnP AV server can be used to share your photos and
music files that are stored on the LAN disk with an Xbox 360
video game console from Microsoft that is connected to the
same local network.
1. Select the folder where your photos are stored from the
sharing list.
The file sharing can
be disabled at any
time by clicking on
Disable for either
the photo or music
directory.
2. Click on Set to enable the file sharing with your Xbox 360
and save the new setting.
3. The photo directory should now list the new folder.
4. Follow the same steps to share your music as well.
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4.2.7 Disk Utility
If you modify the
partitions or file
system when the
drive is connected
via USB, keep in
mind that the LAN
disk is only able to
access the first
partition and only if
it’s formatted using
the FAT32 file
system.
Formatting the drive
will erase all data,
as well as the SMB
folders and FTP
accounts!
To save energy and
keep the drive cool,
it is recommended
to set a sleep time.
• Format Disk: Use this tool to format your hard drive and
prepare it for the LAN disk. When you format it using this
disk utility, it will create a single partition using the FAT32 file
system.
If you create other partitions or choose a different file system
when connected through USB, keep in mind that the LAN
disk is only able to recognise the first partition and it has to
be the FAT32 file system!
• Sleep Time: Set a time from 5 to 60 minutes. When the drive
is idle for longer than that, it will automatically go into standby mode and spin down.
If you need immediate access to the drive, set it to 0 and the
drive will keep spinning at all times.
• Scan Disk: Click on Start to scan the disk for errors. A report
will be shown in the field below. If errors are found, it is
recommended to format the drive again and/or connect it via
USB to a computer to scan for and fix the errors. Use the
Delete Error Msg button to erase any old reports.
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5 Network Storage
To access the data on the LAN disk via the network connection,
you may use either FTP or SMB. Before you can access the
shared folders, you will have to set up your shares and FTP
accounts. See chapter 4 for more details about the setup.
Instead of using the
IP address, you can
also use the host
name. As an
example, you can
type \\STORAGE
into the address
field or if you have
modified it, also
your new host
name.
When you have to
access multiple
folders with different
passwords or have
modified the
settings without a
computer restart, go
to Tools and
disconnect the
temporary network
drives first before
accessing a new
folder.
5.1 File Access on a PC
5.1.1 Windows Explorer
Use Windows Explorer and type \\ followed by the IP address
or \\STORAGE into the address field and press the Enter key
on your keyboard. It will then list all available folders on your
LAN disk.
You can copy files to the network storage as if it were a folder
on your local drive. Depending on the bandwidth, you can also
open and directly play the files, although we recommend
always transferring the data to your local drive first.
Note: To create a permanent link to your network drive, see
Mapping a Network Drive.
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5.1.2 Mapping a Network Drive
For a more convenient access, we recommend mapping the
LAN disk as a network drive.
Mapping the
network drive will
allow you to create
a permanent link
that is easier to
access even after
restarting the
computer and it can
also be used to
store files from
within other
applications.
1. Double click on My Computer, go to the Tools menu and
select “Map Network Drive…”.
2. Follow the setup wizard and fill in the path to your LAN disk.
Alternatively, you can also browse for the shares by clicking
It is recommended
to select the option
to reconnect at
on the Browse button and locating the drive that way.
logon when you
map the network
drive, otherwise you
will have to map it
again after a restart.
When entering the IP address, also add the folder:
\\192.168.11.26\public
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3. Once the drive has been mapped, you are able to find and
access it under My Computer. This link will still be there
even after rebooting your Operating System.
For temporary
access, you can
also simply go to
My Network Places,
view the workgroup
computers and
select your LAN
disk from the list to
access the folders
If you experience
problems with the
access, disconnect
all network drives
on the LAN disk,
reboot your
computer and then
try again.
5.1.3 Disconnecting a Network Drive
When you don’t need a mapped network drive any more, we
recommend disconnecting it. It is also necessary to disconnect
a temporary network drive when you try to login with a new
password but have not restarted the computer in between.
1. Double click on My Computer, go to the Tools menu and
select “Disconnect Network Drive…”.
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2. Select any temporary or mapped network drives that you
would like to remove and click OK.
For FTP transfers,
we recommend
installing and using
a dedicated FTP
application, which
5.1.4 FTP
Use Windows Explorer and type ftp:// followed by the IP
address of your LAN disk. Add the user name and password in
front of the IP address with an @ sign in between like this:
ftp://demo:demo@192.168.11.26
can either be a free
utility or shareware
program.
Files can not be
opened directly via
FTP, you will always
have to transfer
them to your
computer first.
After login, you can access the available folders and transfer
your files.
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5.2 File access on a Mac
You don’t usually
have to enter a
username but if it’s
required for login,
use guest.
5.2.1 SMB
To mount and access the network drive, open your Finder, click
on “Go” and choose “Network”. Browse for your network drive
with the name STORAGE and click on Connect to access it.
For folders without
password protection,
simply leave the
password field
empty and click OK
to access it.
Alternatively, you can use the “Connect to Server” command.
1. Click on “Go” and choose “Connect to Server”.
Instead of the IP
address, you can
also type
smb://STORAGE or
the full name
STORAGE-xxxx,
where xxxx stands
for the last four
digits of your LAN
disk’s Mac address.
2. Type smb:// followed by the IP address of your LAN disk or
click on the Browse button to locate the folder on your
network. Click on the Connect button once the server
address has been filled out.
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3. Choose a folder from the list and click OK.
4. You don’t usually have to change the user name but if your
default name does not work, try using guest. If a password
has been set, enter it, otherwise leave the password field
empty and click OK to mount the drive on your desktop.
5. To access the network drive and transfer your files, click on
the icon on your desktop. When not needed any more, drag
the icon to the trash bin to eject the drive.
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For FTP transfers,
we recommend
installing and using
a dedicated FTP
application, which
can either be a free
utility or shareware
program.
5.2.2 FTP
The FTP utility on the Mac will be able to read the data on the
network drive but you can not upload new data to it. To do that,
you will need to install a dedicated FTP application, which can
either be a free utility or professional shareware program.
1. Click on “Go” and choose “Connect to Server”.
2. Type ftp:// followed by the IP address of your LAN disk. Click
on the Connect button once the server address has been
filled out.
3. Enter the correct username and password.
4. The available folders will now be listed and you can access
and download the files.
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5.3 Xbox 360 UPnP Media Server
The UPnP AV
server of the LAN
disk is designed
only for the Xbox
360 video console
from Microsoft and
it’s only possible to
share photos and
music files.
The file sharing can
be disabled at any
time by clicking on
Disable for either
the photo or music
directory.
The UPnP AV server can be used to share your photos and
music files that are stored on the LAN disk with an Xbox 360
video game console from Microsoft that is connected to the
same local network.
Before you start, make sure both devices are connected to the
same local network and are turned on.
1. On your LAN disk, go to the XBOX360 Media page and
make sure that both photo and music directory are set to a
shared folder and not disabled.
2. On your Xbox 360, go to media, select either Music or
Pictures and press A to continue.
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3. Press X to change the source and select your network drive.
It should show up as STORAGE-xxx and display the folder
that you have set up earlier on your LAN disk.
The password
protection for SMB
folders does not
apply for the Xbox
360 video console.
You will be able to
access a password
protected folder
even without having
to use the password.
4. Inside the shared folder, you can access your pictures or
music files, depending on which mode you are currently
using.
5. Select the files you would like see or listen to and start
playback.
6. Enjoy!
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6 Appendix
6.1 FAQ
If you experience
network connection
problems, use the
IP address instead
of the STORAGE
name.
LAN disk settings
do not apply when
the disk is mounted
via USB connection.
Q: I forgot my login, what do I do?
A: If you forgot your personal login for the LAN disk, press and
hold the reset button, turn on the power and wait for the LED to
stop blinking (~30 sec). Release the button and reboot the LAN
disk. This will reset the device to its factory default settings.
Q: SMB access doesn’t work on Mac OS 10.4.
A: With earlier versions of Mac OS 10.4, the LAN disk can not
be accessed through SMB. Please upgrade to Mac OS 10.4.3
or later to resolve this problem.
Q: FTP access on my Mac doesn’t work properly!
A: The FTP utility on the Mac will be able to read the data on
the LAN disk but you can not write new data to the drive. To
upload files, you will need to install a dedicated FTP application.
Q: I can not access the web configuration interface, what’s
the correct IP?
A: See chapter 4.1 about how to login. If none of these
instructions help, reset your device. Connect it directly to your
computer via Ethernet cable and access the web configuration
using 169.254.0.1.
Q: My HDD is not recognised.
A: The LAN disk can only access the first partition and it has to
be formatted using the FAT32 file system. We recommend
using the disk utility of the LAN disk to format the drive.
Q: Which ports do I have to open on my firewall?
A: Depending on the services that are used, the following TCP
ports will have to be opened for the LAN disk: FTP port 21,
SMB ports 137-139, HTTP port 80 and UDP port 14675 for the
LAN disk utility.
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For RMA and other
questions, please
contact your vendor
or check out their
online support area!
Q: I get Error Code -36
A: The Finder cannot complete the operation because some
data in "smb://storage" could not be read or written. If you get
this error message, use the IP address instead of STORAGE.
1. Log in as admin using your web browser.
2. Under SMB Server, make sure the folder you want to access
is in the Sharing List (e.g. PUBLIC without password).
3. Go to IP Config, make sure it is set to Automatic IP and write
down the IP address you see there.
4. Go to your Finder and select Go/Connect to Server
5. Type smb://IP/PUBLIC and click on Connect. For the IP use
the IP address you wrote down in step 3, for PUBLIC use
the folder name you added to the Sharing List in step 2.
6. If the LAN disk is connected directly to your computer using
the Ethernet cable, the default IP address is 169.254.0.1.
6.2 About Data Backup
To protect your files and help prevent the loss of your data, we
strongly recommend that you keep two copies of your data,
one copy on your LAN disk and a second copy either on your
internal drive or another storage media such as a CD, DVD,
Tape or an additional external drive. Any loss or corruption of
data while using the LAN disk is the sole responsibility of the
user, and under no circumstances will the manufacturer be
held liable for compensation or the recovery of this data.
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6.3 About this Manual
Please read your
warranty carefully,
as this may vary
between different
vendors!
This manual was written using the PD-SATA USB/LAN model
PD-LN2U2RGS, the loader v3.2 and the firmware NAS2891009B9.
The firmware this manual is based on might be different from
your device. Images and descriptions might therefore slightly
vary between this manual and the actual product you have.
© Copyright 2008 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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