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  • Page 1 Aspire esayStore User's Guide...
  • Page 2 Serial number: ___________________________________ Purchase date: ___________________________________ Place of purchase: ________________________________ Acer and the Acer logo are registered trademarks of Acer Incorporated. Other companies' product names or trademarks are used herein for identification purposes only and belong to their respective owners.
  • Page 3: Fcc Notice

    Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme a la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this PC series is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. (Please visit for complete documents.)
  • Page 4 Modem notices Notice for USA This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. Located on the modem is a label that contains, among other information, the FCC Registration Number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. Upon request, you must provide this information to your telephone company.
  • Page 5 The equipment shall go on-hook for a period of not less than 30 seconds between the end of one attempt and the beginning of the next call attempt. Some parameters required for compliance with Telecom's Telepermit requirements are dependent on the equipment (PC) associated with this device. In order to operate within the limits for compliance with Telecom's specifications, the associated equipment shall be set to ensure that automatic calls to different numbers are spaced such that there is not less than 5 seconds between the end of one call attempt and the beginning of another.
  • Page 6 Radio device regulatory notice Note: Below regulatory information is for models with wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth only. General This product complies with the radio frequency and safety standards of any country or region in which it has been approved for wireless use. Depending on configurations, this product may or may not contain wireless radio devices (such as wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth modules).
  • Page 7 Canada — Low-power license-exempt radio communication devices (RSS-210) Common information Operation is subject to the following two conditions: This device may not cause interference, and This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Operation in 2.4 GHz band To prevent radio interference to the licensed service, this device is intended to be operated indoors and installation outdoors is subject to licensing.
  • Page 8: Declaration Of Conformity

    , Huangpu District, Shanghai, C hina Declaration of Conformity Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited Contact Person: Mr. Easy Lai 3F, No. 168 Xizang medium road, Huangpu District, Tel: 886-2-8691-3089/ Fax: 886-2-8691-3120 Shanghai, China E-mail: Hereby declare that:...
  • Page 9 The following local Manufacturer /Importer is responsible for this declaration: Product: Server Model number: Aspire easyStore Name of responsible party: Acer America Corporation Address of responsible party: 333 West San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95110 U. S. A. Contact person:...
  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    Aspire easyStore Product overview........................1 Introduction........................1 Package contents ......................2 System requirements ......................2 Hardware overview......................3 Getting started with your Aspire easyStore ................. 10 Using the easySearch utility ................... 10 Storing your first data to Aspire easyStore ..............15 Using the web user interface ..................
  • Page 11: Product Overview

    RAID technology, you will never fear losing all your data due to a single hard disk failure. Furthermore, the equipped Acer eBackup backup and recovery software allows you to easily backup and synchronize all important data from your home computer to Aspire easyStore.
  • Page 12: Package Contents

    Computer with: 1 GHz processor / 512 MB of RAM / 200 MB of available space / CD-ROM drive. − Web browser: Internet Explorer version 7.0 or 6.0; or Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and above. − Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000 SP6, Linux or MacOS (Acer eBackup only supports Microsoft Windows).
  • Page 13: Hardware Overview

    Aspire easyStore Hardware overview Front view with front cover in place Power LED This LED will be solid blue when you turn on Aspire easyStore. Status LED This LED will be solid blue when Aspire easyStore is running without any problems. It will flash blue when the system boots up or shuts down.
  • Page 14: Rear View

    Aspire easyStore These LEDs will be solid blue when the drives are connected but inactive. These LEDs will flash when the drives are being accessed, formatted or synchronized. They will turn off if the drives are not installed or have failed. Rear view Power port Connect the 19 V 7.89 A power adapter here.
  • Page 15 Aspire easyStore Front view with front cover and backplane cage removed Hard drives You can remove any failed hard drive after shutting down Aspire easyStore by pressing the clips on each side of the hard drive and gently sliding out the hard drive. To put in the replacement hard drive, just slide it into an appropriate slot.
  • Page 16: Hardware Setup

    Aspire easyStore Installation Hardware setup 1. Remove Aspire easyStore from its packaging. 2. Place Aspire easyStore in a location with hard and solid surface and near a power outlet. 3. Connect the enclosed Ethernet cable to an available Ethernet port on your computer or network hub/switch/router.
  • Page 17: System Configuration

    Aspire easyStore 4. Connect the enclosed power cord to the power adapter. 5. Connect the power adapter to the power port on the back of Aspire easyStore. 6. Connect the power cord to a power outlet. System configuration...
  • Page 18 Aspire easyStore 1. Insert the enclosed Aspire easyStore Document and Software CD-ROM into the CD/DVD drive in your computer. 2. The autorun menu should be launched on your computer's display. If not, double-click the CD/DVD Drive icon for the drive containing the Document and Software CD-ROM in My Computer.
  • Page 19 Aspire easyStore Note: If you would like to configure Aspire easyStore for advanced functions and services, you can change Aspire easyStore settings by opening the easySearch utility and then clicking the Configure button. It will launch your web browser automatically and open the Aspire easyStore login page.
  • Page 20: Getting Started With Your Aspire Easystore

    If you want to change the IP address of the Aspire easyStore or are unable to connect to the Aspire easyStore, you can use the Acer easySearch utility provided on the product CD to locate the device on your network and make any needed changes.
  • Page 21 Aspire easyStore Search Device On this page, you can use the easySearch utility to find your Aspire easyStore and create an easy-to-access shortcut to your desktop. IP Address Settings On this page, you can change the IP address settings of your Aspire easyStore. Drive Mapping On this page, the easySearch utility will help you to map your favorite shares with a drive letter inside My Computer.
  • Page 22 Aspire easyStore Search Device Network Storage Device The easySearch utility will display any Aspire easyStore device it found on the network with its device name, current IP address and subnet mask here. Search Device You can click this button and the easySearch utility will search the network again for Aspire easyStore devices.
  • Page 23 Aspire easyStore IP Settings To use this page, you will need to select any Aspire easyStore found by this utility on the Search Device page first. DHCP Client By default, the Aspire easyStore device is configured with the DHCP client function enabled.
  • Page 24 Aspire easyStore will be lost. Drive Mapping To use this page, you will need to select any Aspire easyStore found by this utility on the Search Device page first. Share Names All available shared folders on the Aspire easyStore you selected on the Search Device page will be displayed here.
  • Page 25: Storing Your First Data To Aspire Easystore

    Aspire easyStore Storing your first data to Aspire easyStore 1. Ensure all cables are firmly attached, as described in previous chapter. 2. Power on Aspire easyStore. The power switch is located at the back of the device. 3. Launch the easySearch utility.
  • Page 26 Aspire easyStore 4. If the easySearch utility does not find any Aspire easyStore device, please check: If the Power, Status and LAN LEDs are all in solid BLUE. Check your Windows Firewall setting to ensure it is not blocking this utility.
  • Page 27 Aspire easyStore iii. If you do not have a DHCP server on your network, you may need to change your computer’s IP address to an IP in the 192.168.1.xx subnet. For example, Do not set your computer IP address to, since Aspire easyStore will use this IP address if it does not find any DHCP server.
  • Page 28 Aspire easyStore 6. You should see a shared folder called Volume_1 in Share Names. Select the shared folder Volume_1 and click Map Drive. 7. Now there are two ways to start to storing your data to Aspire easyStore. When easySearch utility found your Aspire easyStore device, it already created a shortcut on your desktop.
  • Page 29: Using The Web User Interface

    Aspire easyStore easyStore. Using the web user interface When the easySearch utility finds any Aspire easyStore devices, you can select the Aspire easyStore device found and click Log In. It will automatically bring you to the login page of the selected Aspire easyStore. The default password of the Aspire easyStore web UI is “admin”.
  • Page 30 Aspire easyStore Login button to go to the web configuration page of Aspire easyStore. When you log in to Aspire easyStore for the first time or immediately after a factory reset, Aspire easyStore will launch the device setup wizard automatically. Follow these steps to configure Aspire easyStore from the web UI: 1.
  • Page 31 Aspire easyStore 5. Finally, confirm all changes and restart the Aspire easyStore to effect the changes. After the system reboots, you will be brought back to the login page of the Aspire easyStore. Please log in with the new password you set in the first step of the device setup wizard and click Login.
  • Page 32 Aspire easyStore Logout Once you finish configuring Aspire easyStore, you can click on Logout to leave the web UI. Please note, Aspire easyStore will only allow one administrator to log in to the web UI at any given time. If you did not logout by using the Logout function, you may need to wait 10 minutes to allow the current session to time out before you can log in again in another computer.
  • Page 33: Managing User Accounts And Shared Folders

    Aspire easyStore Managing user accounts and shared folders By default, Aspire easyStore allows full read/write permission for everyone on the default shared folder Volume_1. This allows users to start using Aspire easyStore more quickly and easily. However, as data stored on Aspire easyStore increases, you may wish to add more user accounts and shared folders with different permissions to help you manage and organize data.
  • Page 34 Aspire easyStore Password Enter the password of the user account you would like to create. The password can have 5 to 16 characters. Confirm Password Re-enter the password again to avoid mistyping. Folder Browse and click the folder you would like to give access to the user account previously created.
  • Page 35: Advanced Configuration

    Aspire easyStore Assign selected permission to the selected disk directory folder for the user account previously created. Create Create a new folder under the selected disk directory folder and assign it with selected permission for the user account previously created. Advanced configuration Users...
  • Page 36 Aspire easyStore User Name Enter the user account name you would like to create. The user name must be unique and should not have more than 16 characters. Password Enter the password of the user account you would like to create. The password can have 5 to 16 characters.
  • Page 37 Aspire easyStore User Quota Setting User quotas are displayed here. Quotas can be edited by clicking on the notepad icon. By default, all user accounts are displayed on the Quota Settings page. The default quota setting is Unlimited. If quota is set on particular user account, it will show the quota setting for the user account and how much space the user account has already consumed.
  • Page 38 Aspire easyStore Quota Status Displays the current status of the quota feature. The quota function can be enabled or stopped here. Shared folder access control Every disk directory folder may be assigned as a shared folder. A disk directory folder may contain different permissions for the same user account when accessed from different shared folders.
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  • Page 40 Aspire easyStore User Pick the user that you are going to assign permission to. The drop-down menu will list every user account on the Aspire easyStore plus two special accounts. One is All Users, which represents all created user accounts on the Aspire easyStore. The other is Everyone, which represents all user accounts on the Aspire easyStore plus any guest users who do not have user account with Aspire easyStore.
  • Page 41 Aspire easyStore Shared Folder Access List Lists all defined shared folders and access rules. Please note: Each disk directory folder can be assigned as a shared folder once. If you assign one disk directory folder as a shared folder \\sample to user account A with Read/Write permission, you can later assign the same disk directory folder as a shared folder to user account B with Read Only permission.
  • Page 42: Advanced Services

    Aspire easyStore Advanced services In this chapter, we will explore some exciting services provided on Aspire easyStore. FTP services Aspire easyStore is equipped with a built-in FTP server. The server is easy to configure and allows users access to important data whether they are on the local home network or in the office.
  • Page 43 Aspire easyStore Max User Sets the maximum number of users who can connect to the FTP server.
  • Page 44 Aspire easyStore Idle Time Sets the amount of time a user can remain idle before being disconnected. Port Sets the FTP port. Default is 21. Flow Control Allows you to limit the bandwidth available for each user. Save settings Click Save settings for the settings to take effect. User Select the user for which the FTP server rule will apply.
  • Page 45 Aspire easyStore FTP Server Status The current settings and status of the Aspire easyStore FTP Server are displayed here. Start FTP Server Click this button to start or stop the FTP server. If you are behind a router, you will need to forward the FTP port from the router to the Aspire easyStore.
  • Page 46: Dhcp Services

    Aspire easyStore DHCP services Aspire easyStore can also be used as a DHCP Server. As a DHCP server, it can be used to serve IP addresses to devices on your local network; however, this feature should not be enabled if you already have a DHCP server, such as a router on your local network. DHCP Server Enables or disables the Aspire easyStore DHCP Server.
  • Page 47: Upnp Av Services

    Aspire easyStore UPnP AV services Aspire easyStore features a UPnP AV server. This server provides the ability to stream photos, music and videos to UPnP AV-compatible network media players. If the server is enabled, Aspire easyStore will be automatically detected by UPnP AV compatible media players on your local network.
  • Page 48 Aspire easyStore Folder Specifies the folder or directory that will be shared by the UPnP AV server. Select root to share the entire volume, or click Browse to select a specific folder. Auto Refresh Select the interval for Aspire easyStore to re-index all media files stored on its hard disk. Please note that large amounts of media files may need longer time to re-index.
  • Page 49: Apple Itunes Server

    Aspire easyStore Apple iTunes server Aspire easyStore features an iTunes server. This server provides the ability to share music and videos to computers on the local network running the Apple iTunes application. If the server is enabled, the Aspire easyStore will be automatically detected in iTunes and the music and videos contained in the specified directory will be available to stream over the network.
  • Page 50 Aspire easyStore Save settings Click Save settings for the settings to take effect. Refresh Click Refresh after adding new files to be used with iTunes.
  • Page 51: Advanced System Configuration And Monitoring

    Aspire easyStore Advanced system configuration and monitoring In this chapter, we will discuss some tasks that you may need to perform to configure the Aspire easyStore system. Most of these tasks are detailed system configurations — you do not need to change them normally.
  • Page 52 Aspire easyStore Putting Aspire easyStore in a different network workgroup The workgroup is a conceptual collective of computers on a network. In Microsoft Windows systems, when you click on the Network Neighborhood icon in the Start menu or desktop, you will see computers with the same workgroup names. The default workgroup name is mshome for Aspire easyStore and Windows XP Home Edition systems.
  • Page 53 Aspire easyStore Changing the IP address of Aspire easyStore The IP address is the essential and most critical information that you may need to use the Aspire easyStore. You can configure Aspire easyStore in two modes: -DHCP Client -Static IP If you have a DHCP server in your network (besides Aspire easyStore itself), you can configure Aspire easyStore to get the IP address information from the DHCP server.
  • Page 54 Aspire easyStore After you click Save settings, you will be forced to log out. The system will bring you automatically to the login page of the Aspire easyStore with the new IP address.
  • Page 55 Aspire easyStore Configuring the wireless interface of Aspire easyStore One of the exciting features of the Aspire easyStore is that it comes with standard IEEE 802.11g interface that can be used with your wireless home network. To configure the wireless interface of Aspire easyStore: 1.
  • Page 56 Aspire easyStore 5. Click the Wireless tab. 6. Select the Wireless: Enable option to turn on the embedded wireless interface card. 7. After enabling your wireless interface card, if you know all the configuration information of your wireless home network, you may enter them manually into each respective column.
  • Page 57 Aspire easyStore 12. For access points with WEP or WPA encryption, you will still need to key in the respective keys manually. 13. Click the Save settings button on the lower-right corner 14. If everything is configured correctly, a message window appears with the message Connected Successfully.
  • Page 58 Aspire easyStore 15. You may remove the Ethernet cable from Aspire easyStore. 16. Switch off Aspire easyStore using the power switch at the back of the device. 17. Power on the Aspire easyStore the using the power switch at the back of the device. After you have successfully configured the wireless interface, be sure to remove the Ethernet cable from the Aspire easyStore.
  • Page 59 Aspire easyStore Reformatting the hard drives or changing to a different RAID level Aspire easyStore is shipped with disks configured in RAID5 data protection. If you would like to reformat the hard drives or change to different data protection levels (RAID levels), please follow the steps in this section.
  • Page 60 Aspire easyStore 4. Select the RAID type you would like to use. 5. Click the Next button on the lower-right corner. 6. Aspire easyStore will displays a message telling you that you are about to reformat the hard drives. If you are sure that you would like to reformat the hard drive, please click OK.
  • Page 61: Critical Events

    Aspire easyStore Configuring Aspire easyStore to notify you of critical events Aspire easyStore may be configured to send you an e-mail when some critical events happen. 1. Log in to the web UI. 2. Click Advanced -> System. 3. Click the Alerts tab. 4.
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  • Page 63 Aspire easyStore Calibrating the internal clock of Aspire easyStore There are three ways to set the internal clock of Aspire easyStore. 1. Read the time settings from your computer. Log in to the web UI. Click Advanced -> System. iii. Click the Time tab.
  • Page 64 Aspire easyStore these servers are extremely accurate. You can synchronize the Aspire easyStore internal clock with it. Log in to the web UI. Click Advanced -> System. iii. Click the Time tab. Select the correct time zone in the Time Zone Settings section. Enter the NTP server IP address or domain name of your choice in the NTP Server section.
  • Page 65 Aspire easyStore Adjust each field of the Set the Date and Time Manually section to the correct value. Click the Set Time button on the lower-right corner of the Set the Date and Time Manually section.
  • Page 66 Aspire easyStore firmware up-to-date to maintain and improve the functionality and performance of your storage device. 1. Go to the local support page of the Acer website and download the latest Aspire easyStore firmware. 2. Log in to the web UI.
  • Page 67 Aspire easyStore Restarting Aspire easyStore There are two ways to restart Aspire easyStore. The first is using the power switch at the back of Aspire easyStore. Press the power switch to switch off the Aspire easyStore. After the Power LED is turned off, wait for another 15 seconds, then press the power switch again to power on the Aspire easyStore.
  • Page 68 Aspire easyStore Resetting Aspire easyStore to factory default settings There are two ways to reset Aspire easyStore back to factory default. The first is using the reset button at the back of Aspire easyStore. You can press the reset button with a paper clip or ballpen head.
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  • Page 70 Aspire easyStore Backing up the current Aspire easyStore configuration After you have configured the Aspire easyStore, you may want to back up the configuration file. 1. Log in to the web UI. 2. Click Advanced -> System. 3. Click the System tab. 4.
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  • Page 72 Aspire easyStore Restore the Aspire easyStore configuration using a saved configuration file 1. Log in to the web UI. 2. Click Advanced -> System. 3. Click the System tab. 4. Click the Browse button in the Configuration Settings section to find your configuration file.
  • Page 73 Aspire easyStore Controlling the duration of the administrator session timeout 1. Log in to the web UI. 2. Click Advanced -> System. 3. Click the System tab. 4. Change the value of the Inactivity Timer. The default value is 10 minutes. 5.
  • Page 74 Aspire easyStore Monitoring the current Aspire easyStore system status You can review the basic system settings like current IP address, device name, description and workgroup; current system temperature and current system hard drive and RAID information on the Device Info page. To view this page: 1.
  • Page 75 Aspire easyStore Finding out what happened to the Aspire easyStore Aspire easyStore takes note of every important event that happens on its system. You can review all the past 50 events on the System Log page. 1. Log in to the web UI. 2.
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  • Page 77 Aspire easyStore Backing up the Aspire easyStore system log Aspire easyStore takes note of every important event that happens on its system. You may want to save these logs for future use. 1. Log in to the web UI. 2. Click Advanced -> Status. 3.
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  • Page 79 Aspire easyStore Checking the hard disk status of Aspire easyStore Aspire easyStore provides a hard disk status page to allow you review the hard disk brands, serial, size and RAID level. If any disk failed, it will be marked as Failed on this page.

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