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Turn an Old Computer into a Networked Backup, Streaming, or Torrenting Machine with FreeNAS [Video]
At its most basic, Network attached storage, or NAS, is a great way to share files on your local network. But it's also a perfect solution for backing up your computers, streaming media across your home network, or even torrenting files to a central server. If you have an aging computer lying around, you can turn it into a NAS for for free with the open-source FreeNAS operating system. Here's how. More »
How_To  Backup  Clips  DIY  Feature  File_Sharing  Lifehacker_Video  Nas  Network_attached_storage  Networking  Server  Streaming_Video  Top  from google
july 2011 by pclaypool
Rip, Watch and Organize Everything: The Ultimate Media Guide [How To]
Yes, the times are changing. Yes, we've cut back on purchasing CDs, DVDs, and BDs lately. Yes, we still have plenty of discs lying around in jewel cases on dusty shelves or in enormous three-ring binders. And yes-most definitely yes-we want to be able to access all these movies and songs from our PC, television, and our shiny new smartphone. More »
How_To  Audio  BluRay  CDs  Discs  DLNA  DVDs  Guide  Guides  Media  media_servers  Movies  Music  Nas  Republished  Ripping  Top  0  from google
april 2011 by pclaypool
How to Share Your iPhoto Library From Networked Storage
As more homes become networked for modern Wi-Fi technology, having centralized storage that can be shared by the entire household makes good sense. Thankfully, network-attached storage (NAS) is plentiful and cheap -- and with a few caveats, can even be used to get your iPhoto collection off your computer and onto your network.
We recently showed you how to move an iTunes library off your computer’s hard drive and onto networked storage -- and thankfully, intrepid iPhoto users can do the same thing. However, there are some important things to pay attention to before you make the effort, and it’s not for everyone.

Wireless Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to BeMost of us now have a wireless router in our home or apartment, which is particularly handy for sharing our internet connection with, say, an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (not to mention our Wi-Fi enabled laptops and desktops). Unfortunately, even the fastest 802.11n connection is not really recommended for users who want to put their iPhoto library onto their network -- mostly because iPhoto has a lot of moving parts and a potential for lost data.
The major difference between Apple’s multifaceted media player and iPhoto is that iTunes is essentially made up of a group of small text files that tell the media player where your music files are located. While iPhoto also does the same, it’s accessing your original photos in a very different way, particularly while you’re editing them -- there’s a lot of data moving back and forth, and even the fastest Mac with local storage can frequently feel sluggish when using iPhoto.
Storing an iPhoto library on your NAS further reduces that speed since the data has to travel through your network, and with a wireless connection, you also add the possibility of data packets being lost should something interfere with the connection -- it could be as simple as another member of the household running the microwave, for instance. While a song playing via iTunes may simply stutter briefly or quit playing altogether during such a drop, data loss such as this could be devastating for iPhoto, resulting in a corrupted library and the potential loss of precious photos.
For that reason, we strongly recommend using these instructions on a wired network, preferably one that’s using the fastest Ethernet 1000 Base connection. You’ll get something much closer to local storage read and write speeds, while ensuring safer transmission of all those ones and zeroes between your computer and the NAS -- and you can still use the wireless functionality of your router to serve internet to your mobile devices.
Finally, a good backup strategy is also recommended -- you’ll want to use Time Machine or another option to keep a daily backup of your NAS iPhoto library, just the same as if it were stored locally on your computer.

The Easy Way: AirPort Extreme AirDiskThe easiest way to relocate an existing iPhoto library to NAS is to plug a hard drive into your AirPort Extreme Base Station (or use the dedicated storage from the hard drive-equipped Time Capsule) -- Apple calls this an “AirDisk.” The single USB 2.0 port on the AirPort Extreme can easily be expanded by using most any USB hub (even unpowered ones), allowing you to plug in multiple hard drives or printers at once.
Before you go jacking a hard drive into your AirPort, first make sure it’s properly formatted -- iPhoto libraries are required to be stored on disks formatted “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” or the application won’t recognize the library. (An iPhoto library will appear as a regular folder if the disk is formatted incorrectly, rather than as a bundle, which is required for iPhoto.) Note that you can even use a Pogoplug-enabled storage device to serve your iPhoto Library, since it allows the use of journaled disks and can be accessed from any computer with the free software included with the device.

Preparing Your AirDiskTo format your disk, plug it into an available USB 2.0 port on your computer. You’ll want to confirm that there’s no important data on the drive that you’ll want to save prior to doing so, since formatting will remove all contents from the disk. After that quick spot check, go to the Applications > Utilities folder and open Disk Utility by clicking on it twice.
Now you’ll see a list of your available drives at the left -- they’ll actually appear twice, first as the drive mechanism itself (for example, “1TB WD” for a Western Digital 1TB drive) and second by the name you see when mounted on your computer. Select the drive you wish to format by clicking on the first of those names, then click the Erase tab on the right side of the screen.
Recent versions of Mac OS X will offer to format disks as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in the “Format” pulldown by default, which is exactly what we want. Type a name for your drive (you might want to call it “AirDisk” to differentiate it from local disks) and click the Erase button below -- but before you do, take one last look at your drives at the left side of the window, just to make sure you have selected the correct one. (Extremely cautious users can eject important drives from the Desktop prior to launching Disk Utility, just to avoid any potential confusion.)
In a moment, you’ll see Disk Utility format your drive and mount it on the Desktop. Quit Disk Utility, then eject the drive by holding down the Control key and selecting Eject from the contextual menu (it’s the second option from the top) to unmount it. Now you can physically unplug it, walk it over to your AirPort Extreme and plug it into the sole USB port on the back of your router.

Set Up Your AirDisk with AirPort UtilityIf you haven’t used the AirDisk feature of your AirPort Extreme before, go to Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility, select your router and click Manual Setup. Now browse to the Disks tab, select File Sharing and make sure “Enable file sharing” and “Share disks over WAN” are both checked. (The first allows the AirPort Extreme to share connected disks; the second allows it to be seen on your wired network.) You may also need to visit Finder > Preferences and make sure “Connected servers” is checked under “Show these items on the desktop” in order for your AirDisk to show up in your Finder windows as well as on the Desktop.
Next, open a Finder window and look for your AirPort Extreme Base Station listed under the “Shared” drives. Click on the icon and at the right side you’ll see a list of any hard drives attached to the box -- double click on the one you just attached and you’ll see the disk mount on your Desktop. Note that you’ll need to enter a password if you’ve enabled that option in AirPort Utility.

Relocate Your iPhoto LibraryWith your AirDisk mounted, you can now copy any file you desire to the NAS drive, the same as if it were mounted locally -- and that includes your iPhoto Library. Drag and drop your iPhoto Library file from the Photos folder to your AirDisk and when it’s done copying, you can simply double-click the library file on your AirDisk and like magic, iPhoto will now open from your AirPort Extreme and work exactly the same way it did before.
Once you’ve confirmed that iPhoto is playing nice with your AirDisk, you can move the local iPhoto Library in your Photos folder to the trash and delete it -- assuming, of course, you’ve got a good backup first.

The Harder Way: Non-Apple NAS DevicesIf you don’t have an AirPort Extreme Base Station/Time Capsule or already own another brand of NAS, all hope is not lost -- however, you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make it work.
Few NAS boxes on the market today can simply be reformatted for the Mac -- most work like the D-Link DNS-323, a compact, affordable two-bay box which lets you add your own internal hard drives on the cheap. However, the DNS-323 and others format drives using Linux or other methods incompatible with iPhoto Library files. (Remember, simply copying your iPhoto Library to a disk not formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) will make it unreadable by the iPhoto app.)
The workaround is to first create a disk image on your NAS, then copy your iPhoto Library into it (or create a new one, see next section). Whenever you want to access your iPhoto Library, you’ll double-click the IMG file on the NAS to mount it on your Desktop, then double-click the iPhoto Library file stored inside to actually launch iPhoto and open it.
While it all sounds easy enough, there are a few downsides to this method. The biggest is having a couple of extra steps in the first place -- if you’re accustomed to simply opening iPhoto and diving into your photos, you may be frustrated by having to mount a disk image before you can open the application. You’ll need to make sure the IMG file is mounted before starting iPhoto, or you’ll get an error that the application can’t find your library.
Second, you’ll have to decide in advance how large you want your disk image to be, based on the current size of your iPhoto Library -- and some guesswork as to how much space it might need in the future. Fortunately, you have the option of using Disk Utility to resize your disk image as time goes on, at least up to 300GB or so, although we generally advise keeping your iPhoto Library files to a more manageable size. Particularly when working from an NAS, it’s better to have a few smaller libraries than a single enormous one, and you’ll find that accessing them this way will be faster as well.

Preparing and Using a Disk Image on Your NASTo create a disk image, go to Applications > Utilities and again open Disk Utility. At the top of the window, click on New Image and you’ll be presented with several options -- you can leave these at the default settings, but confirm that Format is set to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Click the Size drop-down, select the Custom option and then change the size pulldown to GB and type a number representing the size of your image (we made ours 5GB for the purpose of this… [more]
AirPort_Extreme  iPhoto  iphoto_'11  library  Mac  NAS  NAS_Storage  network_drive  How-Tos  from google
february 2011 by pclaypool
Iomega Personal Cloud devices host your data, not your water vapor
Finally, a new flavor of Iomega that the EMC fanboys can find palatable. The bigger company consumed the smaller back in 2008 and, while we've seen plenty of products since then, none have really brought the two together like the new Personal Cloud edition of the Home Media Network Hard Drives. In theory, anyway. The idea here is that this is a smart NAS, creating your own little puff and hosting your data for general availability but avoiding the "careless computing" curse by retaining control of your data. It'll naturally play nice with the new Iomega TV and, if you buy two of the things, you can have one perform an automated remote backup to the other. That's the sort of feature that should make a tight-budgeted IT manager's ears perk up. How tight? The first two models of Iomega's Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition devices launch this month: 1TB for $169.99 and twice that for $229.99.
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january 2011 by pclaypool
How To Sync All the iTunes Libraries In Your House
A massive iTunes library is great for pumpin' up the jams at home, but what if you want to take those tunes out on the road with you? If you've got two main Macs, but only your desktop is loaded with all those awesome b-sides, maybe it's time to consider setting up a NAS to get your iTunes library synced across all your systems. While Apple does include a Home Sharing feature, it doesn't work when you're far away from your headquarters. And that’s where MediaRover comes in: this little piece of software enables you to have your iTunes library sync across your entire home network. So, when you bring your MacBook home, MediaRover will automatically sync with any NAS device on your network. Read along to learn how to set up MediaRover on multiple Macs, configure a NAS device using an AirPort router, and then sync and manage your libraries.
What You'll Need:>> Free MediaRover account (http://mediarover.com)>> NAS-compatible router (or another NAS device)>> USB external hard drive large enough to hold iTunes library>> Multiple Macs and/or PCs (with iTunes)
1. Getting StartedBefore we can get started setting up MediaRover on your Macs, you will need to visit the MediaRover website and sign up for a free account, which will allow you to sync with as many as eight different Macs and PCs. This account will also let you manage your different computers.
2. Download and install MediaRoverLog in to MediaRover and select the Download link near the top of the account page. From here, you’ll be able to select either the Mac or Windows version of the application. At the bottom, you’ll have your account information, including email address and account access code. You should note both of these as you will need to provide them during the MediaRover Setup.
3. Set up a NAS drive using an AirPort routerBefore we can begin the MediaRover setup, we need to first configure our NAS (Network Attached Storage) on the network. A NAS works just like an external hard drive, except that it's connected to the network and accessible to all computers. We’re going to use the USB NAS feature on the AirPort Extreme to accomplish this, but you could use any USB-compatible router or NAS drive.Locate the USB port on the back of the device, then plug in an external drive. If another device is already occupying the USB port, you can then use a USB hub to connect multiple devices to your AirPort Extreme, though may have to opt for a powered USB hub.

Next, launch AirPort Utility on your Mac, located in Applications > Utilities. Dismiss the setup wizard that appears by clicking the Manual Setup button in the bottom-left corner; or Select Base Station > Manual Setup from the menu bar. Enter your base station password if prompted. Then, once you’re in, select Disks from the toolbar up top, which will display a listing of all the connected hard drives.Click on the File Sharing tab in the Disks section of AirPort Utility. Most of the options here callibrate automatically when you plug in a hard drive, but you still need to change a few items. Check the box labeled Enable File Sharing, then select With Accounts under the Secure Shared Disks drop-down box. Next, ensure that AirPort Disks Guest Access is not allowed.
Next, click the “Configure Accounts...” button that appears under the Secure Shared Disks section. This will take you to a tab where you can configure different user accounts for hard drive access. Click the plus button (+) to add an account.
In the resulting drop-down panel, type in a username, password, then verify the password by typing it again. Under Sharing Access, select Read and Write to give both read and write permissions to this account. When you are finished, select the Done button. When you're finished adding all the accounts you need, select the Update button in the lower right-hand corner of the window to save the settings and reboot the AirPort router. ...Pat yourself on the back, because we're half way done!>> Next: Setting up the MediaRover

4. Set up MediaRoverOnce you've installed MediaRover, launch it from the Applications folder. On this initial screen, you will be prompted for the account email address and access code that was displayed on the MediaRover download page. If you don't remember this information, you can return to the MediaRover download page in your account to retrieve it. Enter in your information, then click the Next button. On the next screen, you’ll be prompted for your first name or initials. This will get automatically added in brackets to the end of a synced shared playlist to distinguish who the playlist belongs to--for example, "Workout [Dad]". Furthermore, you can also specify a computer name and view its MAC address. Click next when you're done. The next screen lets you choose between two syncing options: Default Sync and Manually Configure. We suggest going with the Default options, but if you like tinkering around, choose the manual configuration option.If you choose to manually configure MediaRover,  you can select which syncing options you want to keep. When you're finished, click finish. Next, you will be presented with a screen that lets you select where on your network the MediaRover files will be stored. It will automatically try to detect the NAS, but it won’t find the one connected to AirPort, so select Manual Configuration to manually setup the disk.In the resulting window, you’ll want to specify the path to the NAS on your network. This is composed of your router’s IP Address, followed by a forward slash, then the name of the hard drive you have connected. AirPort routers will most commonly have three IP addresses:,, or In our case, the IP address was, so we typed in to the path field the following: smb:// our case, “SCRATCH” was the name of the drive we had connected to the AirPort Extreme. If that IP address did not work for you, try the other two. In the username field, type in the name of the user you created in the AirPort Utility, and then type in the password for that account. When you're finished filling in the path and account information, select the Next button to have MediaRover verify the NAS. After a few seconds, MediaRover will find and test the disk for use. When the test passes, you’ll get a confirmation. Click Next.That’s it. You have successfully set up MediaRover. Now on to syncing your library.

5. Syncing with MediaRoverAfter completing the MediaRover Setup Wizard, MediaRover will pop up on the screen. The application automatically connects to the NAS drive on your network and will sync your iTunes library over to it. When it's done, each song will have a nifty little icon next to it: a green slanted arrow means that the song will automatically sync and there is a copy on both your local iTunes library and on the NAS drive; a red “X” means that either the file is a movie and cannot be copied, or it's protected by DRM; and a small spinning wheel next to an item means that it is currently being copied to or from the NAS drive. You can see the current syncing status at the top of the MediaRover window. Each song will take a few minutes to copy to or from the NAS drive, so be patient as this process is completed.By clicking on MediaRover > Preferences, you will be able to tweak different settings that you may have forgotten to check in the setup wizard, including the various sync settings. You are also able to test the network and speed using the button in the Storage tab of the preferences.
6. Syncing Multiple ComputersYou can set up to eight computers to sync with one MediaRover account and NAS drive on your network. To do this, simply follow steps 2, 5, and 6 again on the other computers. You will be able to specify a new person name and machine name when running the setup on each machine, and you can use this naming convention to remember which computers the music was synced from. Just remember that when you want to sync your iTunes library with the one stored on the NAS drive, you will have to launch MediaRover manually.Although MediaRover allows you to keep all of your iTunes libraries in sync, there are a few caveats that you should know about. For starters, you will only be able to sync DRM-free music. If you still have iTunes-purchased songs with FairPlay DRM, you’re not going to be able to sync them, or your videos. However, you can sync podcasts by going to MediaRover > Preferences > Advanced and checking the box labeled Include Podcasts when syncing new music. Despite some shortcomings, MediaRover is still a great tool for getting music to and from your various computers; our only wish is that MediaRover would start up as a menu bar application instead of taking up space in the Dock. There's still room for improvement, but given the fact that MediaRover is completely free, we are willing to live with its few shortcomings.
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Feature  iTunes  Mac  media  MediaRover  Music  NAS  network  Networking  router  How-Tos  from google
november 2010 by pclaypool
Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte Storage [What You Said]
Last week we asked you for the best ways to safely store tons of data (at least 6TB). Here's a round up of some of the best and most creative answers. More »
What_You_Said  Backup  FreeNAS  Hard_Drives  Nas  Raid  Saving_Money  Storage  Terabytes  Top  unRAID  windows_home_server  zfs  from google
october 2010 by pclaypool

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