I bought a "NAS" ("network attached storage"), which is just a Linux appliance with a friendly user-interface that hides the nasty details of Linux (unless you want them). Naturally, it doesn't work as promised, and I've had to do a lot of trouble-shooting. This post describes examples
The first thing I did was create a share, then backed up all my hard drives from my desktop onto NAS. However, while the files where there, I couldn't see them. Here's what I see when I look at "\\nas\main" (where "nas" is the name of the NAS, really creative, eh?):
These are perfectly visible from other machines, such as from another Linux box (Ubuntu running in VM):
From the same Windows machine from the command-line instead of the file-browser, I don't see any directory names:
So, where's the problem? For that I use a packet sniffer to see what went across the wire:
Ah, wait, I spoke to soon. Expanding out the directory listing, I see that the files I'm not seeing have been marked "SYSTEM" and "HIDDEN":
After further investigation, making directories, and sniffing the packets, I realize that "robocopy" appears to be culprit. When I make a backup to a directory on the NAS, "robocopy" marks it as hidden for some reason. I don't know what, but at last I've pinned down the problem as being neither the NAS or the Windows 7 desktop.