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A few useful tips for setting up a LinkStation
Authored by: Ian Downie on Dec 26, '04 07:10:19AM

I've just tried a very unsystematic test using Synk 5.04 at - it is free to educational users, shareware 20 dollars otherwise.

Anyway, I have found in the past that it dealt very well with backing up to and from Windows shares via SMB as I work in a University which tolerates but does not support the use of Macs. I recommend Synk highly because unlike other backup applications, it seems to copy everything without fuss. The same seems to apply to the Linux based Buffalo Linkstation, to which I have just backed up my website twice, once to a directory mounted via AFP and again to a directory mounted via SMB (both directories in the default Windows/Mac share directory on the LinkStation).

The unsystematic test consisted of browsing the backed up copies of the website (OK, no very long filenames). In both cases, random browsing threw up no errors or missing pages.

Encouraged by this, I also tried using diff. Since I had to figure this out for myself, I thought it would be worth documenting it for others like me, climbing the learning curve of Unix.

You will find the LinkStation share folder (assuming you have already mounted it) in the directory /Volumes. I called the two test backups Mac Backup Test (AFP) and Mac Backup Test 2 (SMB) - in retrospect, I should have omitted the spaces because Unix does not like these.

My website was in the directory ~/Documents/Sites (~ is the short way of referring to the directory /Users/<your username>). Since it contains subfolders, I had to use the recursive option -r to make diff check the subfolders. The full command (open Terminal to issue it) was:

diff -r "/Volumes/share/Mac Backup Test" ~/Documents/Sites

The quotes are needed because I had named the directory with spaces in it. The command terminated with two error reports, showing that the hidden files .FBCIndex and .FBCLockFolder existed only in the original directory, presumably because Synk had not copied these hidden files. They are connected with Sherlock searching and I will ask Ben Rister, the Synk author, if he can explain why they are not copied - I suspect he has done this deliberately

These two files are not essential and the test proves that Synk successfully copied all the files (it's only 1.5 Mb but there are lots of little HTML and image files in it). A second test against the SMB version on the LinkStation produced the same result.

Ian Downie

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A few useful tips for setting up a LinkStation
Authored by: Ian Downie on Dec 26, '04 04:07:02PM

Just confirming that the .FBC files are deliberately excluded from Synk backups as verified by the program author, Ben Rister.


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Setting up a Printer on a LinkStation
Authored by: NickLambert on Jul 18, '05 04:16:08PM

These following steps got my Mac's talking to a Epson Inkjet via a LinkStaion.
First make sure the default settings are in your LinkStation:

Log onto your LinkStation, click USB, click USB Print Setup
Print Server: Enable
Custom Printing:
Printer Type: Postscript

All other settings default values

Click "Apply"

Now on your Mac (Tiger 10.4.2) go to Utilities:
Open Print Setup Utility, Click "Add", wait for search to find nothing, then:
Click on "More Printers..."
Select "Windows Printing" from the 1st drop down menu (AppleTalk)
This first line of text then appears:

HD-HLAN253 LinkStation
(Default LinkStation Name) (Default LinkStation Descripton)
(Will be your Name if changed) (Will be your Name if changed)

Select this text, then:
Click on "Choose"
Dialogue box appears asking for Name & Password, leave both blank, Click "OK"
This line of text then appears:

lp Network Printer for Windows

Select this text, then:
Select your Printer Model: EPSON
(My Printer Type)
(Select your model if different)

Select your Model Name: EPSON Stylus Photo 810 - Gimp-Print v5.0.0-beta2
(My Printer!)
(Select your model if different)

Click on "Add"

This worked for me :-) Hope it helps someone.

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