iOmega Home Media Network Hard Drive help please

By Bertie64 ·
I have the above bit of kit. Probably it is just not a great drive but any help with the following would be appreciated:

It comes set up as 5 separate drives (V-Z)- for public, backup, music, movies, pictures - but all that seems to do is to slow it down when I need to transfer files across different drive letters. Is there any point?

The configuration software tells me the music "Drive" is set up for iTunes and the Movies "Drive" is set up for DLNA. Does this actually do more than setting up a folder and optimising for music or video?

Transfer speed from the device to my Desktop are in the order of 8-8.5MB/sec but between "drives" on the iOmega are rarely above 3MB/sec. Within one drive on the iOmega it is instant (obvious i guess).

1. Is there any point in keeping the configuration?

2. Now that I have 300GB of data organised across the various drives (doh!) is there a way to reconfigure the drives to folders without having to back-up and restore the lot!


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Looks like they are just shared folders.

by seanferd In reply to iOmega Home Media Network ...

This thing has its own OS, though, so you'll have to go through whatever actions on that device with the software provided. See your manual for reference, I can't find one for your particular drive.

Move all your stuff to one folder or whatnot, then delete the shares, if you can. (You can add them, so I'd think you could delete some, unless the OS is picky about pre-configured shares.)

You may want to check the iomega site to see if you have the latest firmware and software first.

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Well I may be reading this all wrong but

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to iOmega Home Media Network ...

According to the IOmega Web Site this Enclosure has the drive Partitioned into different Drive Letters for the different media.

It also has a USB and Ethernet Interface so which are you using to connect to the drive?

If it is USB the stated Data Transfer to the Drive seems about right as somewhere around 8-8-5 MBS is a reasonable Copy Speed. You need to realize that writing to the drive is slower than reading from it. Also transferring Data Between different Partitions on the Drive is slower than writing to the drive as it first needs to read then write to the new location. So you are doubling the amount of work that the actual Drive needs to do and I would expect something slightly less than half Speed to move things around the drive.

Even if you where to use the Ethernet Interface I wouldn't expect much faster Write Times as this is still limited by the Speed that the Drive can actually write as well as any Speed Limitations in the Interface Circuity between the Ethernet Jack and the HDD. Of course transferring data around on the drive has the same limitations as mentioned above.

The Full Quick Start Guide for this drive is listed here


As to your questions:-

1. Is there any point in keeping the configuration?

Depends on what you want to do. Undoubtedly using the drive to save different data to the different partitions with it's enclosed Software is the easiest way to go here but it may not offer what you actually need.

Now that I have 300GB of data organised across the various drives (doh!) is there a way to reconfigure the drives to folders without having to back-up and restore the lot!

Well this depends on where the data is actually located. For instance if you have some data on the Z Partition you can not delete that Partition and expect to retain your Data. Interestingly enough IOmega also recommend Backing Up this unit so if you follow their directions it should be a easy job to reformat the drive as required and then recopy the One large block of Data to it. But it all depends on what your individual needs are here.


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So they *are* partitions.

by seanferd In reply to Well I may be reading thi ...

That was my original assumption, but I couldn't find the user guide for the specific device, and nothing else I read was worded with "partitions", only "shares".

Good catch. Where did you find the UG? I couldn't find it in the list.

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I got lazy and looked on the IOmega Site

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to So they *are* partitions.

What can I say I'm Lazy.

Maybe I just got lucky and stumbled onto the Quick Start Guide I'm not really sure. But as I said above I may be wrong in the way that I read it.


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Thing is, I was there.

by seanferd In reply to I got lazy and looked on ...

I'd gone to the manual listing page, where I now can find it

But I could find everything But "Home Media Network Hard Drive" at the time. Found everything else around it, But not that exact one. Sheesh. Either it wasn't there at the moment, or my mind is going (But I can't feel it, David!).

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I didn't look for Manuals

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Thing is, I was there.

I started at the front of the site and hit a add for the Drive that's in question here and clicked on that. Under that Advert Page there where Tabs and one had a Link to the Quick Start Guide.


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I didn't, either.

by seanferd In reply to I didn't look for Manuals

Must have missed the link you found, because from the product page I went through a 3-page rigamarole to get to the manuals, the page for which showed every product but the one in question. Odd. :0

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Transfer speeds

by Bertie64 In reply to Well I may be reading thi ...

Thanks for the replies.

I am using the ethernet connection via my Wrt54G Linksys router - wired to 2 pc's and wireless to my laptop.

I thought the comparatively slow read/write compared to either read or write would be down to the extra workload.

Will consider the trade off for the rest of it.

Thanks again.

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