The single most annoying thing about my Buffalo NAS

I have several Buffalo NAS drives for storing digital photos and various other things (mp3s, ebooks, audible files) so my laptop stays nice and lean.

But this is the single most annoying thing about working with these drives:

You don't have permission to modify them
You don't have permission to modify them

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GrandPerspective: a visual file space viewer for Mac

I take a lot of photos, take some occasional movies, have a bunch of music, download a lot of apps, buy a lot of PDF books and generally just eat up my hard drive space constantly. Every once in a while I get down to, like, 30M free and suddenly remember to move all my photos and videos off to my external storage. Sometimes, I can’t figure out where all the space is being used though.

Yesterday I wondered (twittered) whether there was a visual disk viewer that would show me where all my space was being held hostage. It turns out there is a great tool for Mac called GrandPerspective.

GrandPerspective graphical view of my disk usage
That giant yellow/green block in the middle? That's my Windows 7 virtual machine. Keep. (grumble, grumble)

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Buffalo DriveStation DUO RAID utility update

Buffalo Technologies seems to have quietly released version 1.01 of their RAID utility for the DriveStation DUO.

Buffalo DriveStation DUO external hard drive with RAID

Last year, I bought a Buffalo Drivestation Duo for backing up my hard drive and storing my images. The device seems to work like a champ, but I haven’t been able to configure the RAID functionality. It’s supposed to be two 250 GB drives, that can either be a 500 GB drive or a single 250 GB drive with RAID 1. The RAID tool hasn’t worked since I got it.

Every time I try to run the RAID utility it throws an exception. I contacted Buffalo through their online support form, but never head anything back. Unfortunately, I got distracted (as I usually do with these kinds of things) by the rest of my life and never followed up – except to occasionally check their downloads site.

Well today I found out that Buffalo seems to have quietly released version 1.01 of their RAID tool. There is no mention of it in the Knowledge Base. But in their favor, it looks like the Knowledge Base has been reset or something.