Freecom Network Drive

After a few anxious moments reading the box ("supports OSX 10.3", "must be formatted in FAT32 for Mac compatability") and some equally off-putting Tiger-non-support stories over on their support forum, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 160Gb Freecom SL Classic Network Drive that I ordered last week actually does include a driver for OSX 10.4, and works perfectly with all three partitions that I put on it (one HFS+, one FAT32, and one UFS) when it arrived yesterday. Used SuperDuper to do my first complete backup overnight-- hope everything works as well from the Windows side, for backing up Julie's laptop.

Sadly the network driver is all funky proprietary stuff, so not much hope of getting the disk to show up remotely on a Solaris or Linux box, but hey... that's what its USB 2.0 connection is for.

Update: Ximeta have an open source NDAS driver for linux that might work with the Freecom drive for x86 Linuces (the OS X version apparently does), but no PPC version as yet :/

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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