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Using volumes on vap-storage

1) Finder > Go > Connect To Server (cmd+K)

  • Server Address: smb://vap-storage.local.
  • If that doesn’t work you can try smb://
  • You don’t need to have the “smb://” part, but it will take longer to connect if you leave it out.
  • Click the + to add that address to Favorite Servers

2) Mount the desired volume(s)

Select the desired volume(s) to mount. You can mount multiple volumes by holding down cmd.

3) Finding the mounted volumes

The mounted volumes will appear in on your desktop and in Finder

In Finder the volumes will appear under your computer name in Devices. You can also drag the volumes into the sidebar for easier access.


If you need a new volume added, please contact either Eric or Declan.


4) File naming rules

You cannot use the following names for files or folders:

  • COM0, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9
  • LPT0, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7

So lpt1.jpg is illegal but lpt1asdf.jpg is not. You cannot have a folder named con or CON but you can have conn.

This is possibly because, as per OWC’s recommendation, we are using the smb protocol to connect to vap-storage.local. SMB is a Windows protocol that has been widely adopted, even by Apple. Those “reserved words” are Windows related; more here.

It does not appear that there are any characters you cannot use in either filenames or folder names. That said, best practices would be to avoid the following in filenames or folders:

  • < (less than)
  • > (greater than)
  • : (colon)
  • ” (double quote)
  • / (forward slash)
  • \ (backslash)
  • | (vertical bar or pipe)
  • ? (question mark)
  • * (asterisk)

For more on file naming best practices, see here.


Note that only computers that are physically connected to our network via ethernet can access our storage. This is called a “private network.” Laptops on wifi will not be able to access it, nor will we be able to access it from home directly.



The old mediabeacon transferred files at a sustained speed of 20mb/sec. This new set up is 110mb/sec, which is just slightly slower than our Thunderbolt drives (130mb/sec). So working off the callisto should be completely do-able.

Written by ecorriel

February 2nd, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Posted in MediaBeacon

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