I have a Promise NAS4300 server on which the Windows protocol is not working. Therefore I can no longer access the files on it from Windows. However it does have AppleTalk and by using an abandoned MAC (OS9) I managed to access the NAS and can copy files to an external USB drive. (Note that my knowledge of MAC's is minimal I had never even seen one before)
The problemn is it's incredibly slow, I suspect the USB might be V1 not 2. I have 280Gb to transfer and it does about 1-2 Gb in nearly 2 hours! Therefore I thought file sharing would be a much faster and feasible method.
I first tried to set up file sharing by sharing a folder on the PC, connecting both computers to my work network, enabling TCP on the MAC and assigning a suitable IP address. No luck. I also tried a direct MAC - PC connection using both straight-through and cross-connected cables and suitable IP addresses again but still no joy.
I tried to ping the MAC from the PC with no success (I couldn't figure out how to ping the PC from the MAC). I guess if I can't ping the MAC there is no connection so sharing would never work.
I googled of course and found many articles on setting up file sharing- but none seemed to be for OS9 - all for OS X which seems much easier.
Some sites suggest you use smb://ip address/share for accessing the PC but it doesn't work - I think it even gave me a syntax error. Nor does it work without the smb. Other advice which I tried was to turn off the Win Firewall, and adjust the network sharing properties to allow PUBLIC sharing. The folder I shared on the PC was to EVERYONE.
Surely it can't be that difficult? Could a MAC expert please give me step-by-step instructions for MAC OS9 to Win 7 (or XP)? I would be so grateful! PS: Sorry about the length of this problem description!
Edit by author: On further reflection and reading helpful answers and comments it appears that the limiting factor in the slow transfer is the MAC's ethernet speed. I suspect it might be only the slow 10 megabit/s and not 100. Anyone know? The NAS supports 100 at least. This limitation would apply to getting the data from either the NAS to the MAC internal or USB drives.
The fastest solutions now appear to be:
- Read the NAS hard drive on a Window PC. However I presume Promise use a proprietry partition format. I tried it and Disk Manager couldn't identify the drive. Maybe someone knows, and I'll probably post that as a separate post.
- Borrow a modern Mac with OS X to do the transfers
- Access the NAS using the only other working protocol i.e. Linux. Again I may post that separately. Drawback is that I have no knowledge of Linux and when I tried the built-in utility to list the shares on the NAS it couldn't find the NAS.
Thanks all for all help so far.
PS: Promise support last suggestion was to use a windows data recovery utility to try and recover data off the NAS drive it. Don't know if this would be possible.
EDIT 4/10: You'd think they would have a suitable utility as this must be a fairly common problem! Anyone interested, have posted new question: "Does anyone have experience recovering the files from a Promise NS4300 server disk?". IN other words want to access the files on the NAS drive from a Windows PC.
Not very familiar with this website yet, Do I need to close this question. Am not pursuing any of the 2 answers for reasons explained.