I just hooked up my new drive, and after a bit of playing managed to create some folders on it to hold my various types of media, ie dvd iso's, video_ts folders, divx, jpegs, mov, avi etc. I'm also going to use it as a backup for documents etc.
I didn't use the included cd for discovery, but found the ip address from my router then just used the web interface. One interesting thing I noticed that when it was saving some settings and (I assume) rebooting, it would not load the next page. It turned out when rebooting is was assigned another ip address from the dhcp server on my router (WRT54GL running dd-wrt). Assigning it a static address fixed this.
My first question is about syncing. I have a 500gb drive on my main pc that I store my digital photos on in an "images" folder, and I want to have this directory sync with my "images" directory on the mybook so I have two copies and for other pc's to have access to them all the time. From what I have read the included backup software is slow and clunky. I am running XP on this particular pc, but my wifes laptop will also want to sync some folders, and it has Vista on it. Someone suggested using microsofts free SyncToy to do this, as it is fast as user friendly. I also see that there us syncing software on this site. I was also even considering running some simple batch files using xcopy or something like that. Suggestions?
Second question: one of the main purposes of this drive is to serve media to my Asus O!PLAY media server. I also plan on adding more networked media players for other sets, either another o!play, or perhaps the wdtv live or the onw patriot makes. My Asus unit plays anything I can point it to on my folders from networked pc's. Do I even need to bother with the media server component on the mybook? is it advantageous to do so?
Third question: can the drive be replaced if decide to put in a 1.5tb drive? If I hook up another terabyte usb drive to this can I then have it sync with the internal drive, like kind of a quasi-mirroring setup? If I get another mybook world edition drive for my network can I have the two sync up?