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Yes! A simple AppleScript can tell the Finder to tell its front window to update every item. Such an AppleScript can be saved as an Application and then dragged to the Finder toolbar to give you a refresh button The AppleScript you need is quite simple: tell application "Finder" to tell front window to update every item


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A Mac My NAS of choice is an old Mac. In my case, I had an old MacBook that wouldn't hold a charge anymore so I rigged up an eSATA connection to my 2TB external drive. The advantages to using an actual Mac: Uses first-party AFP on HFS for better compatibility Can serve as a Time Machine backup volume Works great as an iTunes master library, connected to ...


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Drobo FS The Drobo FS is my new favourite NAS. I've run a Netgear ReadyNAS and a PC-based NAS in the past and neither touch the Drobo FS for simplicity, speed and reliability. The ReadyNAS suffered from poor RAID performance, especially on reboots when volumes needed to be scanned. And the power supply in it was really lame. And the PC-based NAS was just a ...


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Time Capsule The Time Capsule can be used as a shared drive. It is also a Wi-Fi router, and is automatically recognized as a backup device for Time Machine.


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Since it is advertising its presence on the network with Bonjour, you should be able to simply ping it: ping -c 1 nas-smb.local


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Don't want start any flamewar, but today here is only NAS solution - the ZFS based NAS. ZFS is a filesystem, what has "copy on write" feature, so you will get a backup in every save - fully transparently. ZFS has million really cool features like raid management, snapshots etc.. too much for one post. If you interested can duckduck for ZFS. ZFS is ...


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Freenas using generic hardware I love the ability to grab an old computer, fill it full of cheap hard drives, and install Freenas on a CF card or USB drive. Software RAID is reliable. A key point, if any of the hardware dies, the RAID array can be rebuilt when the software is installed on new hardware, unlike some proprietary solutions (NAS or RAID cards) ...


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It may not suit you, but, if your NAS is capable of running Plex, you can add PlexConnect script to any Mac/Windows computer in your house, which will allow you to hijack the Trailers application in the AppleTV (2nd/3rd gen., no jailbreak required) and have it stream your movies/TV shows from Plex in your NAS box. Google Plex and PlexConnect to find more.


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To answer the op's exact question, "No, ATV is not intelligent enough to stream directly from a NAS". Others have pointed out some options, like using ATV2+Plex, or PlexConnect (which is VERY difficult to setup). Let me thrown my $0.02 in by saying that unless you're running your iMac over wi-fi, this will work fine. Even with my older 802.11g network, my ...


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To keep this general, here are some things to think about: DAS: Direct Attached Storage - Thunderbolt, eSata, USB 3.0, FW800, FW400, USB are the rough pecking order. FW400 is better than 100 MB ethernet, and FW800/USB 3.0 are equivalent to Gigabit Ethernet. NAS: The network matters - latency over WiFi can be a big bottleneck as can the controller chip / ...


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Western Digital My Book Live Small footprint (same size as MyBook desktop drives) Size 1-3 Tb Pretty cheap TimeMachine compatible over network (firmware just got updated with support for Lion) Single disk, no RAID http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=280


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I would recommend that you look into using rsync. This is a very powerful and widely used backup tool that is included in OSX. You control it via the terminal, or via a script. Meaning that it can be scheduled to run backups at certain times or manually when you invoke it. The prerequisite is that your NAS has an rsync server daemon running on it. The ...


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Netgear ReadyNAS We recently joined the crowd getting their first NAS, and after taking a close look at several, settled on the Netgear ReadyNAS NV+. The Drobo, previously mentioned, was tempting—but just way too expensive for use on a home network. We've only had it a month or two, but so far, so good. Like most Netgear products, it works well with Macs. ...


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Western Digital MyBook World Edition Yesterday I installed a Western Digital MyBook World Edition, 1 TeraByte, single disk. Pros: very simple to install and work with, includes a Media Server and a iTunes server that can be used to share music and videos across the network. It's pre configured with the common shares and if you copy the files in the proper ...


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Synology has a few solutions. Their products are reliable and affordable. There are multiple applications you can install in a few clicks but for S3 backups you will have to go the manual way.


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I've had this happen as well. The best solution is not to let iTunes open unless the drive is connected, but I see how that isn't always possible when on the road. I found that (in OS 10.6 and iTunes 9, at least), if you make the MUSIC Folder in your home directory (~/Music/) read-only, it will not be able to automatically create an iTunes directory in ...


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What you are looking for is encrypting a drive "in place". Some software packages do provide this, however you can also do this with Lion's built-in whole disk encryption, which you have to enable via the terminal, since the diskutility does not expose this functionality. It was intended only to encrypt the main OS disk in place, but is available if you ...


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You don't say how the server mac is sharing the HFS+ formatted drive. I would suspect it is AFP in which case the NAS drive format is largely irrelevant. The NAS will store files on it's storage in whatever format is best for the OS of the NAS, and expose those files through network shares in a single or a variety of formats. The client machines mount the ...


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The easiest way to do this is with iTunes. Turn on Home Sharing for your iTunes account and enable the feature in iTunes on your NAS-connected machine and on your machine you wish to use as a source for material to copy. Start iTunes on both machines. From the MacBook Air machine, look for your other iTunes library under the SHARED section in the ...


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I've been having this problem since upgrading to Lion. Perhaps interesting and related, my iMac using a wired network connection does not exhibit this problem while the two MacBook Pro's connected over wireless do have this problem. I've been able to successfully fix this following these instructions: Fix Time Machine Sparsebundle NAS Based Backup Errors. ...


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What you need is a network location manager program, typically these allow you to perform certain actions (e.g. connect to a network drive) when the machine is on some networks and not on others. Several years ago I was using one, now defunct, so I can't recommend any from experience. What I found now are things like Sidekick ($29), Control Plane (free). ...


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My solution for that is having only one computer managing the library. First it was a PC running iTunes for Windows. Then, I moved to Ubuntu and started using Banshee for both managing the library and keeping my iPod updated. Finally, I have a Mac Book Pro and I have moved back to iTunes. The Linux server, running both Samba and Netatalk, acts also as a ...


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The question is a bit vague, but having generally considered this idea myself here are some equally vague thoughts... Disk Capacity With a NAS you're (generally) limited to N drives, where N is the number of bays. So a 4-bay NAS will never go beyond 4 physical drives (There may be some NASes that allow external drives, I don't know of any though). Your ...


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When you access a file share, you could try using CMD + k in Finder (Connect to server), and then type the address as a CIFS or SMB path - ie. cifs://my.server/SomeFileShare or smb://my.server/SomeFileShare Disclaimer: I don't have Mavericks, and no access to my Mac right now. And I'm not even certain that Finder doesn't somehow jump on AFP anyhow. Edit: ...


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You could set up something like this (Make sure that your iTunes Library File (iTunes Music Library.xml) is on your mac, not on your NAS): Create a playlist "On the go" Use this script to move the files in the playlist from your NAS (iTunes media location) to your mac. On the go, with no connection to your NAS: iTunes will tell you that the files are not ...


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I used the Intego sync software that comes with LaCie drives. It wasn't great, but it did the job. It is FAT32 compatible. You can get the free LaCie version here (version depends on the drive; you need the code that came with it). LaCie's instructional article is here.


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As far as I'm aware a stock AppleTV will only talk to the iTunes store or a Mac/PC running iTunes. Third party daapd servers such as the one that Synology embed in their NAS line won't work without hacking the AppleTV. Currently the hacks for the black AppleTV are just getting started but Firecore have mentioned being able to play almost any media file from ...


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Watch Erica Sadun's AirFlick project. It can do what you want from a host running Mac OS X, so one would expect a GUI-less version to appear soon that could be ported to your NAS.


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When the drive is ejected, does the directory /Volumes/Nic's Airport Extreme/Webb Family Network Storage/ exist? If so, move it to the desktop (so you save any contents, if any) and reboot.



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