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Iomega's documentation specifies that up to four external drives can be supported simultaneously by using a hub plugged into one of the USB ports. The drives can be formatted as either FAT/FAT32 or NTFS, but NTFS is only supported in a read-only mode. As a test, I plugged an external USB drive into one of the USB ports. When I did this, the drive was mounted and made available, and I was able to define a network shared folder that mapped to the drive.

This all worked fine, with one exception. For some forgotten reason, I had previously partitioned the USB drive into four parts. And when I plugged it in, only the first partition was recognized and made available for sharing. The other three partitions were missing in action, and I never was able to find any way to mount them. Moving on, under a FolderShare menu (see Figure 7) there was a description of how to set up a service that appeared to allow you to access and synchronize your files on the StorCenter while away from home.

FolderShare Settings

Figure 7: FolderShare Settings

Unfortunately, the company that provides this capability has been purchased by Microsoft and is shutting down the service (see Figure 8). So at this point, the capabilities provided under this menu are moot.

FolderShare is no more

Figure 8: FolderShare is no more

As a final note, the 1.09 firmware version that I tested did not support file access via FTP. But Iomega said that FTP support has been added in version v1.27 firmware.

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