How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Iomega brought several media sharing goodies to CES 2011 this year. Here’s a hands-on review of just one of them: the Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Iomega brought several media sharing goodies to CES 2011 this year. Here’s a hands-on review of just one of them: the Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition.


The set-up process isn’t complicated, but it’s time consuming. Initially, the first step is setting up the Hard Drive itself by connecting it to a power source and to a router via Ethernet. Obviously, that’s easy. Afterwards, I installed the included Iomega Storage Manager software (compatible with Windows and Mac OS) on my laptop. That was simple enough as well.

It’s customizing and configuring all the settings in the Storage Manager software that takes up the bulk of the time here. I renamed my hard drive as I didn’t like some random numbers as the handle. Just didn’t feel personal. I also set up my own personal cloud, which is what really separates this network hard drive from comparable products, even those made by Iomega.

Creating the cloud wasn’t difficult either. All one has to do is click on “Cloud Services” under the big sidebar in the “Manage Storage Device” menu and configure it. One can give up to 250 users access to the cloud, but Iomega recommends only 12 if you want to keep things running as smoothly as possible. To invite people, I simply sent them encrypted e-mails with a link to the cloud. There are a lot of other tools and menu options in the Manage menu, so it would be wise just to browse through everything before you get started as well.

Next came the very lengthy if not tedious process of copying all of my files to the 2TB Home Media Network Hard Drive itself.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos


There are a couple of ways of going about a transfer. The most obvious and traditional way is to open up the folders on the Network Hard Drive and just start dragging and dropping files. The larger the file, the longer it’s going to take. For example, when I dragged a 1GB movie over, it took about 10 minutes on average. Unfortunately, this is the easiest way to go about it.

I did try another process, which was using the “Quik Transfer” button on the Network Hard Drive itself. There are two USB ports on the drive, where one can hook up a thumb drive or even an external hard drive. I plugged in my 1TB external hard drive and hit the button. When I went back to my computer, I looked up “Copy Jobs” on the Manage menu under “Common.” Here I could start or stop copy jobs. However, given that there was 400GB of data on my portable HDD, the screen just read “Processing” for hours. Okay, so that was a ridiculous amount of data to try to transfer at once. You can specify folders on the portable HDD that you want to transfer over within the Copy Jobs menu, but I found it far easier to just attach the external drive to my laptop and drag and drop files. I think the Quik Transfer option is far better for things like transferring photos from a digital camera, small files from a USB drive and even connecting an MP3 player.

Once my files were transferred successfully to the Network Hard Drive, they were viewable on the personal cloud as well as other computers on the same network. There is the option to password-protect the Network Hard Drive (same with the cloud) with AES 128-bit encryption if you’re planning to use this for a small business or even if you have some sensitive data at home.

Apple users should listen up as this home media network drive also supports Time Machine running OS X 10.5 or later. I did try this function out, and in the end, everything ran smoothly. Again, a big concern here will be transfer speeds. This will vary depending on your home wireless network speed and how many devices are running on the network at one time. To back-up several dozen gigabytes of information on my laptop using Time Machine, it took literally a few days. To be fair, that’s over the air and not via USB cable, so it’s bound to take longer.

But one final note on the speeds without dragging out my argument too much, you have to be patient with this device. It’s not the fastest network drive in the world, and even just accessing folders without even opening files can become a painfully annoying process. It could be partially due to my home network, or even my laptop (FYI, the spring 2010 13-inch MacBook Pro). Accessing and streaming video files using a PlayStation 3 (as this network drive is DLNA-certified), however, was not actually slow or difficult at all. Just not every video file type is supported on the PS3, so you might want to work on some conversions before making big file transfers if you plan to use this as a media hub for all your movies and TV shows.

Some of the other fun features include being able to upload directly to Facebook, Flickr and YouTube by dropping files in a folder, but that’s not very exceptional these days as one can already do those things using Picasa or iPhoto.

However, one easily forgotten spec I’d like to focus on is the power consumption. Given that this is a network drive that also powers a personal cloud, it’s going to be on almost all of the time, thus taking up power all the time. Fortunately, it only uses nine watts of power when in operation and then only three watts when idle. Furthermore, the home media network drive sports a fan-less design as it keeps cool on its own, and I can vouch that it is truly very quiet. I set up the unit in the living room, where the TV is on most of the time anyway. But even when the TV is turned off and it is late at night or early in the morning, I can only hear the Iomega drive if I try to listen for it.


The Home Media Network Hard Drive is available now with two capacity options: 1TB ($169.99) and 2TB ($229.99). Those MSRP tags are already a bit competitive, but you could find them even lower from larger retailers like Amazon.

Can anybody try to copy a file from computer to your phone/SD card through wifi and let me know if you’re having extremely slow speeds? I used ES File Explorer to test.

I get under 800kbps when I do the transfer, both computer and phone on the same network.

I tested with my note 4 and s6 at the same location. Both got over 10mbps, so it can’t be my router. It is connected to 5ghz AC network.

My speed test for outside of network is great though, gets my advertised speed over 50/50 downlink/up link.

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  • Sep 1, 2016 at 2:55 PM
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Can anybody try to copy a file from computer to your phone/SD card through wifi and let me know if you’re having extremely slow speeds? I used ES File Explorer to test.

I get under 800kbps when I do the transfer, both computer and phone on the same network.

I tested with my note 4 and s6 at the same location. Both got over 10mbps, so it can’t be my router. It is connected to 5ghz AC network.

My speed test for outside of network is great though, gets my advertised speed over 50/50 downlink/up link.

Sent from my SM-N930P using Tapatalk

LOL I was in the same situation as you when I got my note 4! I started checking out a bunch of explorers in Google Play and came across Solid Explorer. It managed to do around 4-5 MB/s, that was really fast compared to what I got using ES file explorer (my favorite back then). Turns out Solid explorer is quite reach in features, especially using shares, be it smb, http, gdrive, etc).
Now a few days back, using my Note 7, still getting these speeds of 4MB/s on wifi using SMB in Solid explorer, I wanted more, since I know the wifi in Note 7 (and Note 4 for that matter) is good, getting close to 40MB/s in downloads using wifi, wondered why the heck SMB is so slow compared to HTTP protocol. I set up a webdav share using IIS on my intel NUC wired to the wireless router, and .. BAM. constant speeds of 40MB/s in Solid explorer. So, yeah.. if you use shares a lot in your home, use http protocol (webdav gives you also write permission I guess). Haven’t tested ftp yet.. but now I don’t have a reason to

So.. if you are ok with 4MB/s use Solid explorer or some other app out there, just test them!
If you want to go further and you have a good wifi router and a PC, use http. I used IIS on windows 8.1
Hope it helps!

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

I love my Mac environment, from using macOS to continuity, to iCloud, it allows for me to be able to have a flexible workflow. Whether I’m working on my Mac mini at the start of my day in my office or changing to my back deck using my MacBook Pro in the afternoon, macOS’s features allow it to happen since all of my files are accessible to me via iCloud. But iCloud can’t help with very large video files, Photo libraries, or Final Cut Pro libraries. Local disk space is what you need to rely on.

Running out of local disk space

Apple making Macs more appliance-like have the major drawback of not being able to install larger drives when you need more disk space. Apple has bet big on using dongled peripherals but that too has its limits (my poor Mac mini has no free TB3 nor USB ports left).

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

So how can you get more working space without having to buy a brand new Mac with the disk capacities you require? Depending on the type of work you’re doing, you can probably connect a network drive and use it like you would locally. Here’s how.

Networked drives

A networked drive can range from a specialized appliance that offers data redundant storage such as a Synology Diskstation to a lone PC that has a shared folder visible on the network. If you plan on running your application off of files on a networked drive, you’ll be limited to the bandwidth of the networked device.

Accessing Pages files, PDFs, and general text-based documents, a WiFi or 1 gigabit wired ethernet connection might be enough for you.

You could run FCP libraries from that type of ethernet connection or even WiFi, but in reality, you’re going to have a bad time. The speed is much too slow.

If you need networked access to very large files, you’ll need faster network speeds. For example, a new Mac mini has the ability to be attached with a Cat6 wire to your network at 10-gigabit speeds. Your networked files would be accessible at near HDD speeds (not SSD speeds mind you). So plan accordingly for your requirements.

Making permanent connections

Once you’ve set up a networked drive or device, you can have your Mac attach to it each time you log in. Here’s how.

  1. From the Mac you want to mount a networked drive, start System Preferences.
  2. Select Users &Groups.

Click Login Items.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Now each time you log in, that remote drive will be mounted.

Making the extra disk space usable

Now that you have the network drive permanently mounted, you can assign your various programs to use that location for default file storage. Typically, the mount will be in /Volumes/NameOfShareYouSelected. So for example, if you want to open a new Photo Library from the networked location, do the following.

  1. Option-Click Photos.
  2. Click Create New.
  3. Navigate to your Mounted Drive.
  4. Click Ok.

Now you’ll have a Photo Library running from your remote drive no longer using local disk space.

Some extras

If you’re really in need of freeing up local disk space, you can also set up Symbolic Links in your home folder to have all of your documents, downloads, music, etc, run from the remote disk. Note that these types of customized home folders should only be used if you use a stationary Mac like a Mac mini or an iMac.

Final thoughts

With the sort of experience I’m having with maxing out my Mac mini’s Thunderbolt 3 ports, I’d be lying if said I wasn’t worried about Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro that is rumored to be “modular”. Will it be limited also to dongles or only Apple-approved expansion modules? Probably. Swapping in a 2 TB HDD will always be cheaper than buying an Apple certified 2TB expansion HDD with an Apple-branded modular enclosure. That being said, hopefully, there will still be a way to make your Mac computing flexible to fit your needs. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Mapping a network drive is the process of linking your Mac to a network-attached storage device. Unlike installed hardware, such as your RAM, macOS does not automatically detect network devices; we need to install them and set them up before we can use them. It’s a slightly inconvenient extra step that many people who are new to macOS won’t be familiar with, so today, we’ll explain how to map a network drive on Mac.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Whether you’re a business or home user, network storage is an excellent resource. For businesses, network storage comes in the form of server storage, SANs (Storage Area Network), NAS (Network Attached Storage), and cloud services (iCloud, Google Drive, etc.). Home users can utilize the same technologies, but would have less use or budget for SANs and are more likely to use NAS or cloud storage.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

What is a network drive?

If you’re a computer newbie, we should cover the basics first: What is a network drive? What are SAN and NAS? And what can they do for you?

A network drive is any type of storage connected to an internet router. You can compare network drives to the more familiar flashdrive. These little USB drives hold a fixed amount of storage, say 64GB. You plug them into your computer and suddenly you have an additional 64GB at your disposal. You can move files from your computer to this flashdrive, making it so that you can only access them when the flashdrive is plugged into the computer.

You can purchase larger storage devices in the form of hard drives or SSDs, which can hold several hundred gigabytes or even a few terabytes. But the principle is the same: You plug these drives into your computer so that you can move files back and forth from your computer to the drive, either to back up data or to free up space on your computer.

A network drive is fundamentally the same as these drives – it has a fixed amount of storage and is used to store files. However, rather than plugging directly into your computer, it plugs into your wireless router. This means that you can access the files stored on a network drive any time you’re connected to your network, not just when the device is plugged into your computer. This also means that any device connected to your network can access these files as well. It’s like having your own personal iCloud or Google Drive.


And that’s where NAS and SAN come into play. Network drives are usually made up of computers that act as servers to provide storage, generally in the form of a NAS or SAN device. A NAS device can be as simple as an external hard drive connected to your home router or as complicated as a dedicated NAS device with its own hardware and multiple drives. Either way, the device attaches to your router via ethernet and makes its drives available to authorized users. It’s a great way to have central storage that multiple people can use.

A SAN is essentially a more complicated NAS that can have multiple drives available from within the network. These typically aren’t used in a home setting, considering that they’re typically overkill and not very affordable.

NAS drives are useful to home users for sharing movies, music, files, or games across multiple computers within the same house, apartment block, dorm, etc. Cheap to buy and simple to set up, they are very popular indeed.

Cloud storage is the one most people have heard of it. Your data is stored remotely on servers that are accessed through the internet, and it’s maintained by cloud storage service providers. The storage providers are essentially doing the same thing you can do at home with a NAS but on a much, much, much larger scale. If you’ve ever wondered what the “cloud” is, now you know!

So that’s what you need to know about network drives. Let’s get on with attaching one to your Mac.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

How to map a network drive on Mac

Once macOS finds a network drive, you will be able to connect to it and access the resources you have permission to access. We can configure macOS to automatically mount the drive in the future to save having to do this every time you want to access something. “Mounting” is the technical term for opening the drive to use it.

  1. Open Finder, click Go, and select Connect to Server.
    How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos
  2. In the popup that appears, enter the address of the network drive. The format will likely be something like ‘smb://NASdrivename/diskorfoldername’ or ‘smb:// diskorfoldername’.
  3. Select the ‘+’ icon to add it to your favorites list.
  4. Enter the username and password to access the resource when prompted. Select ‘Remember this password in my keychain’ to avoid having to enter the login every time.
  5. Select the new icon to access the contents of the network drive.

As you enter the login details of the network drive you should see a new drive icon appear on your desktop. This will be the shared network drive. You can double-click or right-click to access the contents of that drive as you would any other.

If you don’t have the network address on hand, you can do one of two things. Select the little clock icon to reconnect to a previously used network drive or Browse. Browse will perform a quick search of your network to locate the network drive if the drive has been set up for network discovery, which is automatic on most network devices. Once the drive is located, select it and click the ‘+’ icon as above, and then follow the rest of the steps as usual.

Automatically connect to a network drive on Mac

I mentioned earlier that you can configure macOS to automatically mount a network drive every time you start your Mac. This makes it easy to access shared resources with the least amount of effort. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Perform the above steps to map the network drive.
  2. Open System Preferences (the silver and black icon with the gear in the middle, somewhere around the center of the dock) and select Users & Groups.
  3. Select Login Items and uncheck the lock icon in the bottom left.
  4. Drag the network drive icon into the Users & Groups window to link.
  5. Check Hide next to the drive to stop it opening a window.

From now on, every time you log in or reboot your Mac, the network drive will appear and be available for use the same as your installed drives. Now you should be able to access shared resources on any network you are connected to at the time.

So that’s how to map a network drive on Mac. Simple when you know how to do it, isn’t it?

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After installing LAN Speed Test v4, it begins in (Lite) mode. LAN Speed Test (Lite) is fully functional with no time limits, etc. – only some of the more advanced features are disabled.

LAN Speed Test was designed from the ground up to be a simple but powerful tool for measuring file transfer, hard drive, USB Drive, and Local Area Network (LAN) speeds (wired & wireless). First, you pick a folder to test to. This folder can be on a local drive or USB drive, etc. to test the drive speed, or a shared folder on your network to test your network speed. Next, LAN Speed Test builds a file in memory, then transfers it both ways (without effects of Windows/Mac file caching) while keeping track of the time, and then does the calculations for you. For more advanced users, you can test to LAN Speed Test Server instead of a shared folder to take the slower hard drives out of the process as you are testing from one computer’s RAM to another computer’s RAM. Simple concept and easy to use. You’ll find that LAN Speed Test will quickly become one of your favorite network tools!

Some of LAN Speed Test v4 features include.

  • Test the speed of your Local Network by testing to/from network shared folders
  • Test the speed of your local drives (USB Drives, hard drives, etc.)
  • Compatible with LST Server (v1.5 or later) for real network performance results without hard drive limitations – Even test your WAN (Internet) speed with LST Server
  • Very fast! Most tests are less than 1 minute
  • Completely Portable – No installation needed
  • Can be run from a hard drive, USB Flash drives, Network Share, etc.
  • Compatible with Windows 7 or later and Windows Server 2008 or later
  • Compatible with Mac 10.7.5 (Lion) or later
  • LAN Speed Test and LAN Speed Test (Lite) are now the same download
  • Packets up to 9 GB in size and up to 1000 packets *
  • Chunk size adjustable up to 1 MB (for advanced testers)
  • View results by Average, Maximum, and Minimum throughputs *
  • Progress bar and cancel button allowing user to cancel at any time
  • Ability to choose Network Interface Card for computers with multiple NICs
  • Ability to view each packet’s results in a chart or by details *
  • Ability to view results as Gbps, Mbps, Kbps, GBps, MBps, or KBps *
  • Email results manually, automatically, or only when under a certain speed *
  • Log results to .csv file with user configurable file location. All entries are SQL compatible for easy importing into SQL Server, MySql, etc.) *
  • Option to log Avg, Max, & Min automatically *
  • View/Edit Log built right into LAN Speed Test *
  • Network Scan (see other devices on your network, keep notes about them, etc.) *
  • Run multiple tests automatically – any number of tests from 1 sec to 24 hrs apart *
  • Open/Save all options and results to .csv file
  • Command Line Mode – All testing options available from command line *
  • Command Line Builder (automatically builds the command line options that you need based on your current settings) *
  • LAN Speed Test’s user interface has been greatly improved – Plus it’s fully high DPI – aware

* Indicates a feature that is available after purchasing a full license for LAN Speed Test

Home media servers like Iomega’s Home Media Network Hard Drive are network-attached storage (NAS) devices that provide a centralized location on a network to store your videos, audios, and photos. You can access files on the home media server through any computer (Mac or PC) on the network. You can even control what each user on the network can access.

The Iomega’s compact grey curved block shape is about the size of a typical desktop hard drive and comes equipped with a USB 2.0 port to augment its storage capacity. It connects to your network router via Ethernet.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive

The server’s software interface is very intuitive and it has a useful set of controls, but initially, we had difficulty detecting the drive on our network. A recent downloadable software fix enabled us to correct this issue. You use Iomega’s desktop-based application to detect the drive, while the Web-based application configures the drive. If you just want to access the files on the server, the Iomega appears as a network device, so you don’t need to use any of its software initially. The Home Storage software interface allows you to manage the folders on the drive by populating the server with more folders and configuring them as you’d like. The administrator can set who can access the folders with simple clicks of a button, and it’s also easy to set a folder for use with iTunes or DLNA media. The Home Storage Web interface enables the user to easily reset the settings on the drive, check for updates, reset the media servers on the drive, and schedule tasks for the drive.

Though the Iomega server can be used as a storage unit for your entire network, it does not share the connectivity speeds of its non-networked cousins, the desktop hard drive. In our experience, home media servers produce slower transfer speeds than your average desktop drive. This shouldn’t be a deterrent; desktop drives use different connections and are used for different purposes. For perspective, it took about 58 seconds for the Iomega to complete our test of copying 100 photos, but over 2 minutes to transfer a 1GB photo. Like the Western Digital My Book World Edition, it took the Iomega about 3 minutes, 15 seconds to copy a 1.43GB QuickTime video onto its hard drive.

One important feature of the Iomega is the ability to configure your iTunes library for sharing with the other computers on your network. The Iomega is fairly straightforward and gives lots of control over your iTunes sharing: by just clicking on a button, the administrator can set who can access the folders, and it’s easy to authorize a folder for use with iTunes or DLNA media. Only folders you deem worthy of sharing will appear in iTunes, which makes sense if you have explicit music you don’t want to share with the rest of your family.(If you still have copy-protected iTunes music, iTunes allows only the purchaser of that song to play it.)

The Iomega has remote access abilities that allow users to access the server over the Internet. This is a recent upgrade to the Iomega, thanks to a firmware update. The Iomega uses TZO DNS services, providing users the first year of remote access for free, then it’s $25 $10 a year thereafter [Note: The annual fee was recently reduced], and custom domain names are available for additional fees. Remote access is a great feature for users who want to load or access photos from their hard drive during their vacation far away from home.

Users who download a lot of BitTorrent files or who seed (distribute files by allowing BitTorrent clients to download files from your computer) will especially appreciate Iomega’s server, which fully supports peer-to-peer file-sharing technology, making it easier to download large media files. You can direct file transfer to the Iomega and allow it to do the work instead of your computer.

The Iomega fully supports Time Machine backups. By setting the drive as your Time Machine backup destination, you’re good to go. Additionally, the Iomega comes prepackaged with two different backup software products. One is a trial version of MozyHome, an online backup service. You could theoretically use MozyHome to back up the Iomega server, your computer, or both. The trial version only has 2GB of free space, so the intention is to have the user subscribe to the paid service ($5 per month), which offers unlimited backup. The other backup product is EMC Retrospect Express HD, a desktop-based backup service that backs up your Mac’s data to the Iomega.


Network connectivity Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion ports 1 USB 2.0
DLNA support Yes
iTunes server support Yes
BitTorrent support Yes
Remote access support Yes
Print server support Yes
Time Machine support Yes
Bundled Mac backup software EMC Retrospect Express HD, MozyHome
Dimensions (WxDxH in inches) 4.9 x 7.8 x 1.6

Macworld’s buying advice

Iomega’s Home Media Network Hard Drive has a simple setup process, advanced features, and an easy-to-use interface. Of the home media servers currently on the market that are Mac friendly, the Iomega stands out among its peers.

[Chris Holt is an assistant editor for Macworld. Photo by Peter Belanger.]

[Editor’s note: Updated 8/14/09 at 3:45PM PST to reflect a price reduction for TZO remote access.]

It can be quite challenging to connect external hard drives remotely. Especially when it is needed to access the files from several computers on the network. That is when it calls for you to share an external drive – either with the Windows built-in tools or with the help of advanced USB over Network software for USB drive sharing.

So the question is how to share external hard drives on a network? Read on to find the best way to share an external hard drive over a network.

Share external hard drive over network – software method


How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Follow these steps to share hard drive over network:

    for a free FlexiHub account here and start a free demo period that allows you to share USB devices over Ethernet.
  1. Download and install the software on all of the computers that will be remotely accessing the shared drive.
  2. Launch FlexiHub, sign in using your newly created login credentials and share the external hard drive.
  3. Locate the shared drive on the remote computers using FlexiHub and connect to it. Use the remote USB drive as if it were attached to your machine.

That’s it! You now have all the functionality that you would have with a direct connection to the USB device.

Check out the video guide with the detailed steps on how to share hard drive over the network

Why is it the most versatile way of sharing hard drives over the network

  • Connect remote USB drives even if they are located in different networks;
  • Ideal for virtual machines and remote desktop connections;
  • Works with other USB devices as well;
  • Share USB drives on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android;
  • No additional hardware required.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

How to connect an external hard drive to WiFi router

A variety of routers nowadays have a USB port that can be used for connecting USB drives to share with other machines on your network. Once you’ve located the USB port on your router, go ahead and attach your USB external hard drive. Then, you can share an external hard drive by mapping it as a network drive over a WiFi network.

Step-by-step instructions to connect hard drive to the router:

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

    You first need to find it in the router’s settings. Use a web browser on the WiFi network and type in the IP address of the router. Often it is

Pros: There are no additional hardware components or cables required to implement this method of sharing a hard drive over a network.

Cons: It is limited, however, by the range of the WiFi signal so will not provide remote access over great distances.

How to share a network drive in Windows 10

There are many situations where it’s helpful to share a drive on Windows 10 computers. You might want to share a collection of images, videos, or music files with your friends and colleagues. Many times, a large external hard drive that is physically attached to a computer requires access by other network-connected machines.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

Here are the steps to follow if you want to share a hard drive over the network with Windows 10 systems. The Windows account sharing the device is required to be an admin account. One issue that needs to be addressed before you start is to password protect the drive that you intend to share. When connecting the drive over the network you will be prompted to enter a password and a blank is not acceptable. Your best strategy is to secure your drive with a password.

On the computer attached to the drive:

  1. Share the drive with Windows Advanced Sharing by right-clicking on the drive and selecting Give access to -> Advanced Sharing
  2. Enter the name you will use to identify the drive to network users.
  3. Choose Permissions and check to Allow Full Control if you want to read and write to the drive from remote computers.

On the remote machine that will access the shared drive:

  1. Select the Map network drive.
  2. Choose the drive letter you want to give the shared drive and enter the IP address of the sharing computer and drive name you defined earlier in this format: \\IP_address\drive_name.
  3. Select the Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials options.
  4. You will be prompted for login credentials from the computer sharing the drive in the format IP_address\username where the IP address is the same used above and the username is the login on the sharing computer.

Add an exception to Windows Internet options to eliminate warning messages when moving data.

  1. Go to the Control Panel and Internet Options
  2. Navigate to the Security tab and choose Sites.
  3. Select Advanced and Add with the IP address used to map the drive.

Share storage through a high-speed USB cable

We will also show you how to use a high-speed USB cable to share storage between computers. The solution is compliant with both USB 1.1 and 2.0. specifications. USB 2.0 is a good solution for sharing USB drives. You are, however, limited by the length of the cable which does not make this a viable solution for sharing devices with remote users.

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How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in macos

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Because WD Network drives are specifically engineered for NAS systems with up to 5 drive bays, it’s easy to seamlessly integrate these drives into your NAS system. They are designed and extensively tested for compatibility in the unique 24×7 operating environment and demanding system requirements of home and small business NAS.

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I’ve managed to replace the drive in my Home Media device. The drive has 3 partitions on it, normally the firmware/OS is on partition 1 and is about 4 Gb in size. The second partition was formated as XFS (in my case) and is the main partition containing all the data. There’s a rather mysterious third partition of about 25 Mb. Not sure if that’s needed or not. The partitions are not in order, as the third partition sits at the beginning of the drive! I’ve got my device working with an SDD in it. It’s a lot lighter, uses less power, and doesn’t make any noise.

If you’re having trouble, I’d suggest you try taking out the drive but you’d need some way of connecting it to a pc, and you’re most likely to have better results trying to recover data using Linux. There are great utilities available like photorec, testdisk, and foremost.

If you need help recovering data, give me a shout. but there’s no guarantees.

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Re:Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive

Looking for what happened to website (needed for Home Media Personal Cloud) and stumbled onto this thread. I think there is some misunderstanding of what the Iomega Home Media network hard drive product really is: it’s a NAS, a Network Attached Storage device.

1. The device is attached via it’s ethernet port (10/100/100Mbps speeds supported) to a network router. It is NOT attached directly to a PC’s USB port.

2. In fact the 2 USB ports on the device are meant to attach either a USB printer and/or an external USB drive (flash drive, or real external hard drive with USB cable)

3. A NAS device is actually a computer with a network interface and an internal hard drive. You may have noticed that when you power up the Iomega Home Media device, it takes quite a long time to start up. It’s because it’s actually booting up it’s internal PC using operating software previously saved on the hard drive by the manufacturer. The OS software is usually a Linux or Unix variant, which also usually uses a particular hard drive format that cannot be read by Windows, or even some Linux/Unix variants.

4. Given the above, you CAN strip the actually disk drive out of the enclosure, and put it in an enclosure for a USB external drive, which will allow you to plug the USB external drive into a USB port on your PC or Mac.

5. However, the data still on the drive will be in a format that most PCs and Macs cannot read. That explains why you get a prompt from Windows to format the drive after you plug it into the USB port of a Windows machine.

6. Given the information from jjxxzza, alternatively if you have a machine that runs Ubuntu, you CAN see the data partitions on the drive. Not that it will be all that useful unless Ubuntu can read the actual files in each partition.