Ahh, so it isn't me!
I'm not using READYSHARE though, just the Media Server. I too have a Samsung TV, the F7100 and it has the same 'problem' as the iPad's do, the duplicated files. Any Media DLNA client I've used does, the TV, iPad's, and even the Windows Media Center.
I have an SQLite program (http://sqlitebrowser.sourceforge.net/) that allows me to read the FILE.DB in the .ReadyDLNA folder which is the SQL database and you'll see the dups that way. If you FTP to the folders you will not see them. The server I assume serves up the files from that database. There is a 'fix' for this, delete the .ReadyDLNA folder after turning off the Media Server via the web interface for the USB. After you've deleted the folder restart the Media Server and it will rebuild the database correctly, the dups will be gone. More indication to me the f/w is writing the database incorrectly. Possibly it thinks it has the file completely and then writes the d/b but that wouldn't explain why the 2nd one is the correct full size of the file.
As for the missing files, I've lost WMV and AVI files as well as the MKV ones. If you take your USB drive to a PC and run CHKDSK you'll see the FREESPACE as ALLOCATED error, again, this points to a f/w problem writing to the FS (mine is NTFS).
I didn't know there was a list of approved USB drives? Mine is older, a WD WD1000H1U, but I had no problems with it when using the ASUS? I don't understand why some USB drives will work and some not? I can understand ones that use the Router for power, but not self-powered ones like I have? Hmm, I may test with another USB or two I have here and see if it still happens. Even if it doesn't with another USB, that is still no excuse in my book.
Well, I did see those forum threads and list, and when I looked, almost all were 2TB's or higher, which means newer USB drives. However the top sentence is "All Routers should work with most USB-compliant external flash and hard drives." so I think that covers any and all except for the ones needing p/w access or possibly using power from the USB port to work.
My take, if it works with an ASUS router with Media Server, then it SHOULD work with the R7000 (and any other router with a Media Server) too!
That link is for the supported USB drives. I didn't see any 'sticky' ones about missing files? Could be buried inside one of the other ones talking about firmware possibly? I did see a few, and I'm one who put some in there. Wish they had 'official' Netgear people looking at the forums though. Support via a web page is a pain and it seems not to get to anyone what has the ability to do much more than respond after searching some in-house database. I'd assume the normal response is 'try this beta'? I've gotten no help so far from that method, but now I'm at a 'higher level' of support (3 weeks to get there) so we'll see what transpires. I guess not many people actually use USB drives, and if they do, not the Media Server.
I was told NOT to use iPad apps but the iPad Genie app that has a Media player in it. However that doesn't support anything but Apple approve media file types... so it is almost USELESS for me. I do not use READYSHARE either as I'm not backing up to the USB drive. Wouldn't even think about it now since I know I can LOSE files on the drive.
Larry, I did have ONE instance of where a file and folder disappeared I tried to copy it over again (I used to use MOVE, but since I lost data I don't do that any more) and it would not work, usually saying I didn't have permission or something like that? I do not recall, happened only once.
I don't use READYSHARE either, do not need it to run the Media Server.
Well, you basically make my case that the problem is in the router. The USB drives are commodities today. That is anyone can make them and so far, all made work properly when attached to a PC or MAC that I'm aware of. Netgear does make a statement that USB Drives requiring special h/w, p/w's to access, or not self-powered will not or may not work. All others 'should'.
So we're dealing with 5 entities, the PC or Mac OS, TCP/IP, wired or wireless, the Router, and the firmware in the USB Drive, and the filesystem used.
I have proven that with an ASUS router all of this works. Change to an R7000 and it does. Where do you think the problem lies?
This isn't about Netgear not supporting my drive but not working on a drive, i.e. a s/w bug in the f/w.
As you can see now, I'm not alone with this problem either, probably more than one OS, USB drives, different router flash levels probably (I've tried 3), and network cards.
I almost feel I paid $200 to be a beta tester for Netgear. Did you know that the box says it is WiFi Certified? If you check the WiFi Certification site the R7000 IS NOT listed? An ASUS AC router made at the same time is. The latest flash for the R7000 has a statement in the readme that a security method was REMOVED for WiFi Certification requirements. The README :
Note: Please remember to do factory default after firmware upgrade. Enter "Backup Settings" in the web GUI and click "Erase" button of "Revert to factory default settings".
New Features & Enhancements:
A bug fix too as you can see... and the beamforming finally added (I think it was removed from the shipped flash as it didn't work). Try looking at the older flash readme's. Many items sure look like problems one would fine during a beta test.
Many h/w manufacturers handle beta tests differently than Netgear. The beta is release to anyone that wants to try it. Not Netgear, first you have to convince Support you want it or they think it will fix your problem. Then you have to 'sign' an NDA and swear not to give it to anyone or even talk about it or problems you find with it. Yes, some do ignore this and even post it, but is this the right thing to do?
That list is user generated, and the top of the list says "been reported", I'd not put too much weight on any reported. The 'official' statement on the top is "All Routers should work with most USB-compliant external flash and hard drives. Do NOT connect computers, USB modems, CD or DVD drives to the router's USB port." Note the word 'should'. What one would expect as using a USB drive should be well known how to do.
You are sure right about being a Beta Tester, usually you don't need to pay to do that though.
Another point though, usually it is 'new' h/w that isn't supported. For instance, 4TB drives were not supported until recently, you had to re-partition them into partition sizes that could be recognized by the OS (I think this was an initial W7 requirement, could be wrong). That I understand, the API's used didn't support the drive size, either the sector count or other feature of the drive. They should all work on older drives though. I've got some other USB drives here, 250 and 500GB's, I'll probably try those out. Netgear DID ask me to try using the other computer which is connected to the router wirelessly. Did that, same problem, but I'm not surprised.
I'm building a test case now. I'm going to create a folder with many sub-folders in it. I am going to copy the SAME AVI file into each sub-folder and then try copying the main folder to the root of the USB and see how that goes. No dup's I'll then copy the folders to share\video... which is where I'm now getting the dups.
Larry, I duplicated the problem now on the latest flash...
I created a stucture on my PC of a folder, 5 sub-folders, and in each sub-folder copied the IDENTICAL AVI file into each. I then copied the main folder using Windows Explorer over to the root of the Router USB share.
Then used BOTH an iPad app and Windows Media Player and looked at that folder that was copied over.
You'll see above the problem clearly, same filename, 2 different sizes and timestamps.
The next sub-folder too,
Note the same dup but a different size and the timestand slightly after the first one above, probably the real time the copy started?
Also, using FTP the dup's DO NOT show:
All this and more has been sent to Netgear, we'll see what answer I get back...
Similar problem here. See my thread on the Netgear forum:
This is probably a different manifestation of data loss and filesystem corruption some of us that are using a USB drive are seeing. If you have not reported this to Netgear on MYNETGEAR.COM I suggest you do just that.