Archive for April, 2012

Problems mounting Truecrypt partitions over a UNC network share

April 25, 2012 1 comment

ImageHere’s the situation.

I have a big external drive plugged into my Mac Mini, which I use as a form of Wireless NAS. It’s slow, but it works. On that USB drive, I have 3 large Truecrypt partitions with backups – one for my data drive, one for my partner’s.

So far, what I’ve been doing is turning the Mac off, plugging the USB drive into my laptop, mounting the TC partition, and running a SyncBackSE mirror/sync to back up to that encrypted partition.

What I’d like to do is forego the plugging/unplugging, and just mount the TC partition remotely over a UNC path, over wireless. That also entails the use of Paragon NTFS.

It should work. In fact, I tested whether it would work by creating a new 100MB volume file on the share, mounting it, and copying a file into it. It worked.

However, if I try mounting the existing TC partitions over the share, I consistently get different types of errors.

For my backup, it fails to mount, and Truecrypt reports:

The specified network name is no longer available.

For my partner’s backup, it mounts the UNC path file successfully, but then trying to access the drive reports:

Y:\ is not accessible.

The specified network name is no longer available.

I’ve also tried mounting this file on Truecrypt on the Mac. It works. It also allows file access/copy out within the partition.

Consistent. The same each time. And no amount of Googling reveals the answer.

I suspect it’s a combination of things – in effect, I’m trying to access a 400GB file across a WiFi link to an external NTFS drive mounted on a Mac OS X Snow Leopard Mac Mini, using a 3rd party Paragon NTFS driver. I’m mounting that partition across the WiFi using Truecrypt locally, and then trying to read the NTFS within that partition.

Perhaps a big ask?

Still… if you have any ideas how to make it work, please let me know!

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Sugarsync +1, Dropbox -1 – Sugarsync Rocks, again

April 1, 2012 Leave a comment

I was just chatting to a mate this evening, and wanted to share a few photos from yesterday’s flying with him.

Now, I finally paid out for a 50GB Sugarsync account – not for me, but for my wife. I decided Sugarsync was the best way to collaborate on, and backup, our photos for the moment, so whenever we take some new ones, we put them in a folder shared from her account. Unlike Dropbox, it doesn’t count against both of our storage allocations, so only one of us need the extra space – and I put it against her account.

However – while most Cloud file systems allow sharing a directory, I didn’t realise Sugarsync allows you to share individual files. Not file, but fileS. And not ‘Send to email’, but share. I Ctrl-clicked a few photos from the batch to show my friend, right-clicked, Share with Sugarsync, and it opens a web browser with the list of photos to share, where I can put his email address. Click. Done!

Compare this to Dropbox where:

  • You have to nominate a root Dropbox folder
  • You can only share directories
  • You can’t selectively share files within those

One point to Sugarsync.


However – those restrictions are not why Dropbox stores ‘-1’. No – the reason for that, is the complete inability to create folders in the mobile (iOS) app….

I’d just been playing with Notability on the iPad, and saw that, like everything, it can sync a folder with Dropbox. Cool! OK. I’ll enter my Dropbox details, select a folder to sync my Notability notes to.. OK, I don’t have a suitable one – I’ll create a new one.

Ah.. I can’t in the Notability-Dropbox UI. OK – I’ll open the Dropbox app, and do it there…

No… not there either… Hmmmm….


Nope. Not anywhere. No way. You’ll have to go back to your PC for that, mate. Or the web UI.


It never fails to frustrate me how Dropbox restrict their service. Yet, they got in there with their API, and they’re the de-facto standard for app cloud sync. They’re not going away. And yes, they do have some awesome technology and robustness in syncing, hash comparison and partial sharing, deduplication, etc. that the other services just can’t match; I assume they have the patents pending for those. But while I’ll use my free Dropbox account for all my syncing apps, I’ll continue using my slightly ropey, but always flexible, Sugarsync account for my work.


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