Akasa HDD external enclosure for data-storage mobility with LAN sharing Network Card User Manual

HDD external enclosure
for data-storage mobility with LAN sharing
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FCC Compliance Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
FCC Warning Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of
the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
generates, uses and can emit radio frequency energy and, if not installed or used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause
interference to radio communications. However, television reception interference can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on.
The user is encouraged to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
• Connect the equipment into an outlet different from that to which the receiver is connected
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Congratulations on your purchase of the INTEGRAL LAN 3.5” hard disk enclosure. This User Manual is
intended to help you install the INTEGRAL LAN drive quickly and easily onto your Personal Computer or
Ethernet Network and begin using it immediately. INTEGRAL LAN drives are the perfect solution to your
network storage needs. Share documents, music, videos, and pictures with your family or coworkers through
your network. Simply connect the drive to your network, install our easy to use software and you’re up and
running. Say goodbye to confusing network setups and configurations. With its Key Code security features,
your data is kept private from unauthorized access.
The INTEGRAL LAN drive works in both network mode as well as a standalone USB mode. Take advantage
of the ultra fast USB 2.0 transfer rates by connecting the INTEGRAL LAN drive directly to your PC’s USB 2.0
port. With its portability, ease of use, high performance, and extra capacity, the INTEGRAL LAN drive has you
Package Contents
• INTEGRAL LAN enclosure
• USER Manual
• Software & Driver CD
• Power Adapter
• USB & Ethernet Cables
• Footstand
System Requirement
• Pentium III or Athlon processor 800MHz (1.2GHz or faster recommended)
• Windows XP/2000/ME/98SE
• 128MB of RAM (256MB recommended)
• One Available USB 1.1 Port for USB mode (USB 2.0 recommended)
• CD-ROM drive for installation
• 100Base-T full duplex switch for Network mode
• Support .5” IDE HDD (PATA)
• Shared network direct attached storage (NDAS) for your home or office
• Easy setup and installation
• Sleek & portable design
• USB .0 (USB 1.1 backwards compatible)
• Key Code security protection
• Driver supports Windows: XP/000 (Network Mode)
• XP/000/ME/98SE (USB Mode)
• Data transfer rates of:
▎Network mode: 100Mbit/sec
▎USB mode: 480Mbit/second
Frequently Asked Qeustions
• For the latest FAQ look at the http://www.akasa.co.uk/
Harddisk Installation
Harddisk Installation
Open the back of the enclosure by undoing
the securing screws and sliding the tray out
of the aluminium housing.
NOTE: Disconnect the LED cable before
completely sliding the HDD tray out .
Write down the ID number and KEY before
closing the enclosure. It is going to be needed
in later stages of the network installation.
Place the HDD in the tray aligning the correct
IDE and power connectors. Then connect the
IDE and power connectors to the HDD.
NOTE: Make sure the jumper setting of the
HDD is set to master/single
Position the HDD in the tray so that the
mounting holes on the HDD line up with the
tray mounting holes. Use the four screws
supplied in the mounting kit to secure the
HDD in the tray.
Harddisk Installation
Gently insert the tray into the enclosure
aligning the guide rail with the grooves of the
enclosure housing.
Before fully inserting the tray, connect the HDD
activity LED to the 4-pin connector leaving the
pin to the right free. Make sure that the
connector is inserted as shown on
NOTE: The integral logo on the front bezel
serves two operational purposes: indicates
power and hard drive activity(in U S B mode).
Insert the tray completely into the housing
and secure the enclosure face plate to the
enclosure using the screws provided.
Connect the round end of the DC power cord
to the back of the enclosure, making sure it is
correctly aligned. Plug the AC cable into the
power pack, and then connect the supplied
adapter into an available AC socket.
NOTE: Please ensure that you are using the
supplied power pack only.
Network Connection
Hardware installation
Connect INTEGRAL LAN drive to Network:
1. Connect one end of the included Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the INTEGRAL LAN
enclosure and the other to a switch or router. (100 Base-T).
2. Make sure the power adaptor connector is firmly attached to the INTEGRAL LAN and to a power
3. Switch ON the INTEGRAL LAN.
Ethernet Cable
AC Power
Ethernet Switch
Computer 1
Laptop 1
Ethermet Switch Example
Ethernet Cable
AC Power
Ethernet Router
Computer 1
Laptop 1
Ethernet Router Setup Example
Laptop 2
Computer 2
Network Connection
Software installation
Installation of NDAS software is necessary to use your INTEGRAL LAN as a network device. Installation
of NDAS software is simple and easy. Please insert the Installation CD into your optical drive. The CD
automatically displays the language menu ifAutorun is enabled in your computer.
NOTE: If Autorun is NOT enabled in you computer, browse the conents o fthe installation CD to
locate the file autorun.bat from the main folder. Double-click the autorun.bat to run the CD.
Chose your menu language.
Select "win 2000/XP" and press "Run"
when prompted
Network Connection
InstallShield Wizard will appear. Click the
Next button to continue to next step.
Accept Licence Agreement if you
agree to proceed to the installation,
then click Next to continue the installation.
Click the Install button to install drivers
Network Connection
If the Windows Logo Testing message
appears, click Yes or Continue Anyway to
continue the installation.
After software installation is complete,
click the Finish button.
Click yes button if you are ready to restart
the computer.
NOTE: The NDAS software will not work
untill you restart the system.
Network Connection
INTEGRAL LAN Registration and mounting
After installing the software, you need to register your INTEGRAL LAN if you are using new Integral drive
in Network Mode. The steps below will guide you through the Registration Wizard which will help detect
your new device.
NOTE: Connect the INTEGRAL LAN to network and turn it on before continuing.
Click on the NDAS Device Management Icon
located on the system tray and select “Register a
New Device”. The “NDAS registration Wizard”
will appear. Select NEXT to contiunue.
Enter a chosen name for this device and
press Next to continue.
Enter your Iintegral LAN ID and KEY (see step 2
of Hard disk installation). Click next to continue.
NOTE: A key is needed to write to this NDAS
device. If the Write key is not provided, users of
this system are restricted to Read Only from this
Network Connection
The Registration Wizard will check your NDAS
device status and detect your new INTEGRAL
LAN drive (if it has been connected and
switched on). Choose how you want to
mount the device and press Next.
Read/Write mode mounts device to read
and write.
Read Only mode mounts device to read
Don’t Mount: device is left not
NOTE: If you haven’t entered the KEY the
Write/Read mode is disabled.
After first time registration the “Found New
Hardware Wizard” may appear. Select “No, not
this time” and click Next to continue.
Select “Install the software automatically” and
click Next to continue.
Ifthe Windows Logo Testing message appears,
click Yes or Continue Anyway to continue the
Network Connection
Windows will detect your new device and install
the appropriate drivers. Afiter installation press
Registering the INTEGRAL LAN device is
complete when you click finish
Afiter you have registered your new device click
the NDAS Device Management icon to see the
registered and mounted NDAS device.
NOTE: If you cannot see your NDAS Device
please click Refresh Status and check again. If
your device is not formatted, please proceed to
the Format Drive section.
Your NDAS device will show up as a local drive
once formatted in My Computer. Drive letter and
NDAS device name may vary.
NOTE: When registering the INTEGRAL LAN for
second time or registering another INTEGRAL
LAN steps 5 to 8 do not apply.
Network Connection
Using the INTERGAL LAN in Network Mode
INTEGRAL LAN NDAS device can be used like a local drive on your PC. It allows you to:
• Drag and drop files to NDAS device.
• Copy and paste data to NDAS device.
• Create and delete folders.
• Share files and folders.
• Backup your data.
Sharing the INTEGRAL LAN on a Network
Once INTEGRAL LAN drive is connected to your network, it can be accessed from any computer on your
To share your INTEGRAL LAN, you need:
• All computers and INTEGRAL LAN drive to be on the same local network
• INTEGRAL LAN connected via Ethernet or Wireless Router
• All computers on the network using the NDAS device must have the INTEGRAL LAN disk driver version
3.1.x or later installed.
• NDAS device must be registered onto each computer.
Multiple-OS sharing:
Multiple-Write sharing:
• The INTEGRAL LAN can be shared by a mixture
of ME/000/XP and Mac computers
• Windows XP/2000 only network environment
• Multiple computer can have READ ONLY access
• Multiple computer running XP or 2000 can
have READ and WRITE access simultaneously
• WRITE ACCESS is assigned to one computer at a
time and is passed from one computer to another
DO NOT perform disk operations (format, partition and chkdsk) when multiple PCs have the INTEGRAL
LAN drive mounted.
The INTEGRAL LAN device can be formatted, partitioned, chkdsk, aggregated or mirrored when ONLY
one PC is connected.
Click NDAS Device Management
Read/Write Mode
to see the registered NDAS device.
Read-Only Mode
NOTE: If you cannot see your NDAS Device, please click Refresh Status and check again.
Network Connection
NDAS Device Management
NDAS Device Status Modes
NDAS device provides users with six basic Modes. Below is a chart describing each of
the NDAS device modes and the icons that correspond with each mode.
Icon Colour
Read-Only Mode
• Users can only read from INTEGRAL
Read/Write Mode
• Users can read and write to
Connected Mode
• INTEGRAL LAN is currently disabled
on your computer and is ready to
be mounted (enable)
Disconnected Mode
• INTEGRAL LAN is registered but your system
can not find it.
• Power Cord, Ethernet Cord or USB Cord
maybe unplugged.
• Make sure any Antivirus /Firewall software or
spyware is not interfering with the
Deactivated Mode
• INTEGRAL LAN is registered but no longer
communicates with your system. No attempts
will be made to communicate with device.
Bound Non-Primary Mode
• Used for bound INTEGRAL LAN drives only.
• All of the bound INTEGRAL LAND drives are
displayed as yellow except the primary
Network Connection
To see an INTEGRAL LAN status click on the NDAS Device Management icon located on the system tray. All
registered NDAS device(s) will be displayed on the NDAS Device Management Menu.
Always unmount the INTEGRAL LAN enclosure on all PC’s with access before switching it off. Alternatively you
can shut down all the systems accessing the INTEGRAL LAN before switching it off.
NOTE: To change the status of the INTEGRAL LAN device you need to umount it first.
NDAS Device Management Menu
Register a New Device
Refresh Status
Registers an INTEGRAL LAN to your computer Updates
status of your INTEGRAL LAN
Displays NDAS software version information
Can customize INTEGRAL LAN management features
and error messages/dialogs
Exits INTEGRAL LAN Management
Mounted (RW)
INTEGRAL LAN mounted with read and write rights
Mounted (RO)
INTEGRAL LAN mounted with read only rights Enables
users to change INTEGRAL LAN mode Displays
properties of the INTEGRAL LAN
The INTEGRAL LAN is disconnected
Enables users to un-register INTEGRAL LAN device
Displays properties of the INTEGRAL LAN
INTEGRAL LAN connected but not mounted
Mount (Read-Only)
Mounts the INTEGRAL LAN with read only rights
Mount (Read/Write)
Mounts the INTEGRAL LAN with write/read rights
There is no communication with INTEGRAL LAN
Activates INTEGRAL LAN into Connected mode
Frequently Asked Questions
For the latest FAQ look at the http://www.akasa.co.uk/
Network Connection
NDAS Bind Management (Advance user only)
NOTE: ONLY available for the Windows 2000/XP network
If you have more then one INTEGRAL LAN you can connect them together in Bind Mode to provide immense
storage capabilities. You can connect up to 8 enclosures together to form a single logical storage unit.
Binding and unbinding the drives may result in complete loss of data on all devices
in that array!
In no event shall Akasa be liable for loss of data caused by any defect or usage of
INTEGRAL LAN (including advance features)
There are three ways to bind: Aggregation, RAID0 and RAID1.
Allows any number between 2and 8 of INTEGRAL LAN units to be recognized as a single large drive.
• Extremely useful when a larger storage device is needed.
• No fault tolerance. If one unit fails, all data is lost.
Allows 2, 4, or 8 INTEGRAL LAN units to be recognized as a single large disk drive.
• Allows faster performance when writing.
• Extremely useful when a larger storage device is needed.
• No fault tolerance. If one unit fails, all data is lost.
Allows 2, 4, 6 or 8 INTEGRAL LAN units to be mirrored at the same time.
• Fault tolerant. If one unit fails, data is retrieved from other units.
• Can also Mirror NDAS devices that have been aggregated.
The Bind Management Restrictions:
• Each INTEGRAL LAN must have Write Key entered during key registration
• It is not possible to Bind INTEGRAL LAN units that are already Bound
• INTEGRAL LAN units that are being Bound must be in Connected Mode (unmounted) on all PCs (including
the PC performing the Bind)
• The INTEGRAL LAN unit being Bound must be formatted as NTFS file system
• Aggregation, RAID0 and RAID1 can only be performed in Windows XP and Windows 2000
Network Connection
The Bind Management Window
Bind: Used for Aggregation, RAID 0, and RAID 1
Unbind: Used to Unbind your Bound INTEGRAL LAN
Tools: There are two different functions in Tools:
• Add Mirror is used to Mirror the first INTEGRAL
LAN to the second INTEGRAL LAN.
• Resynchronize is used to recover the data on
Refresh: Used to refresh status of the INTEGRAL LAN
Binding two or more INTEGRAL LAN
1. Before INTEGRAL LAN can be Bound, they must be in Connected Mode (white icon in
the NDAS Device Management) on all PCs accessing the NDAS device. All of the NDAS devices
must have registered Write Key entered.
2. To start Bind Management software you need to go
to Start/All programs/NDAS Software/NDAS Bind
3. Click the Bind button.
4. Choose a binding type and number of disks to
be bound.
• Aggregation can bind any number of units
between 2and 8.
• RAID0 can bind 2, 4 or 8 units.
• RAID1 can bind 2, 4, 6 or 8 units.
5. Move the chosen NDAS devices from the left
window to the right window.
6. Two warning messages will appear:
• Once NDAS devices are bound, all of the data will be last. Click Yes to continue.
• The new bound NDAS devices must be mounted and formatted before it can be used.
Click OK.
7. Your NDAS Devices should now be bound. Go to the NDAS Device Management and
Mount the Bound NDAS devices.
9. Before Bound NDAS device can be used, it must be formatted. Please go to
Found New Hardware Wizard may appear. Click Next and proceed in finishing the wizard.
Network Connection
Unbinding INTEGRAL LAN's
1. Go to NDAS Device Management and select a Bound NDAS device you want to Unbind.
2. Unmount the NDAS Device by clicking on Unmount.
Note: If the bound NDAS device is in use, a warning message will appear.
Make sure that no programs are using the NDAS Device and try again.
3. After you have unmounted the NDAS Devices, go to NDAS Bind Management.
4. From the NDAS Bind Management select the Bound NDAS device you have just unmounted.
Click the Unbind button.
5. Unbind window will appear. Make sure these NDAS devices are ones that needs to be unbound
and click Yes.
6. Two warning messages will appear:
• Once NDAS devices are unbound, all of your data will be lost. Click Yes to continue.
• The new unbound NDAS devices must be mounted and formatted before it can be used. Click OK.
7. Now you can go back into the NDAS Device Management and Mount each of unbound NDAS
devices. Before using the NDAS devices, please format each of the unbound device.
Please refer to Formatting INTEGRAL LAN.
Bind Tools:
Add Mirror
The Add Mirror function is used when you have a NDAS device with data on it and then want to copy it
to another NDAS device that does not have any data. This provides a reliable backup of the data if the
first drive fails. The second NDAS device must be of equal or greater capacity to use this function.
1. Go to Start > Programs > NDAS Software > NDAS Bind
. Select a single NDAS device.
Note: A NDAS device must be in a Connected Mode and have the Write Key.
. Click Tool button and select Add Mirror.
4. From the list, select a NDAS device you want to mirror the first NDAS device to. Click OK.
5. A warning message will appear. Click Yes.
6. Add Mirror window will appear. Click Start to start synchronizing.
Recover Tool
The Recover Mirror function is used to restore a failed drive.
1. If an Emergency Mode message appears, it indicates an error has occurred
on a Mirrored NDAS Devices.
. Go to NDAS Device Management and
unmount the Mirrored NDAS Devices.
Note: NDAS device must be in a
Connected Mode and have the Write Key.
. Go to Start > Programs > NDAS Software > NDAS Bind
4. Select on the Mirrored NDAS devices.
5. Click Tool button and select Recover Mirror.
6. Recover Mirror will appear. Click Start button.
USB Connection
USB Mode Connection
Hardware installation
1. Connect your INTEGRAL LAN to the computer using the supplied USB cable
. Connect the supplied power pack to any available AC socket and your INTEGRAL LAN.
3. Switch on the power and your enclosure is ready to use.
Note: In order to reach USB .0 speed, you must have a motherboard or host adapter card that has
USB .0 support. This device will auto sense the speed of your USB port and adjust between USB 1.0
and USB .0 speed.
USB Mode Setup
USB Cable
AC Power
CAUTION! Do not connect USB cable and Ethernet cable at the same time.
Software installation
Windows Me / 2000 / XP
NOTE:enclosed CD driver disk is not required
for the installation
When the USB External Drive is used for the
first time your PC system will detect a USB.0
Storage Device and automatically install the
drivers for [USB Mass Storage Device] from
the installed system files.
When the PC system finishes installing the
USB mass storage device driver, double click
on [My Computer]. A drive Disk is added
after few seconds, this is the INTEGRAL LAN
This INTEGRAL LAN drive is supported by Mass Storage Device within WIN Me/000/XP system directly.
You do not need to install any drivers. If the external hard disk is a new disk drive which has not been
partitioned, please refer to the Partition the External Hard Disk chapter to prepare your USB.0
external disk.
USB Connection
Using the INTEGRAL LAN Device
After the first installation, you can connect or disconnect the INTEGRAL LAN device without powering
off the computer, please follow the steps when you want to do the above actions.
Disconnecting the INTEGRAL LAN
Do not unplug the USB.0 cable nor the power cable from the Integral Drive unit or break the communications with the
USB HUB while copying files to or from the device or when files or applications stored on the USB.0 External Drive are
Double-click on the [Unplug arrow icon or Eject
Hardware] icon in the system tray. Dialog box
appears as on the right.
Highlight the [USB Mass Storage Device] in the
dialog box, click on [Stop], choose the USB.0
External Drive that you want to disconnect, then click
on [Stop] again on next screen.
Wait for few seconds, the system prompts “You
may safely remove this device”. Unplug the USB
cable from the USB port of the computer.
Disk Partition/Formatting
How to partition the INTEGRAL LAN disk
Before you partition your hard disk, please be aware that this will destroy all your existing data on the
drive, so mak e sure you have a backup! This step is usually only required the first time you install a factory
new hard drive or if you want to change the existing format.
Note: If you use the following steps in Windows 2000/XP then the hard drive inside the INTEGRAL LAN
will be formated in NTFS. In order to use the INTEGRAL LAN in mixed enviroment (Windows and Mac) the
disk need to be fiormatted in FAT32 and a third party format utility should be used to do it.
Partition/Formating can be done in Network or USB mode. It is recommended to do it in Network
Right click My Computer and select Manage. A
window appears as on the right.
Click on Disk Management and all connected disk
drives will be listed in the right partof the window.
Find the Hard Disk that you added. On the right of
Disk# is the status of the partitions of this disk drive,
you can create a new or delete an existing partition
by right clicking on this area.
Right-click on the right area of Disk#, click
on Create Partition.... The Create partition
wizard will appear.
Following the wizard instructions to partition and format your HDD.