Bought Diskstation 710+ as seemed to be best option for compatibility on a LAN with both PC and Mac to be backed up.
It was working fine, then just recently stopped. Note that it stopped BEFORE I upgraded to the latest DSM (3.2-1955) although I am unsure if it was coincident with the Mac automatically upgrading to the latest version of Lion.
> The problem device is a Macbook Pro running Lion vers 10.7.2.
> I did not use the DS pre-Lion but did use it with earlier versions of Lion.
> It had been working generally OK. The only issue I had was that it periodically decided, for no apparent reason (no changes by me to hardware, software or network environment) that the Time Machine backup was "no longer reliable" and it needed to do a full new backup. A pain, and removes the point of Time Machine, but ok, it wasn't every day.
Then, one day for no apparent reason, Time Machine just stopped backing up. It starts the process... the revolving icon revolves... the status is announced as "preparing" (which FOLLOWS checking for backup disk, so basic connectivity at least exists). However we never get past "preparing" and I note from the TM widget that in the background there is a message which recurs ad infinitum: "Waiting for index to be ready (101)".
Also worth noting that (i) I have tried deleting the Time Machine "share" on the DS, creating a new one with a new name, reconnecting the Mac and starting the whole thing - no change, (ii) the DS is accessible in all apparent respects i.e. I can see it in Finder both for the normal share drive and for the Time Machine share, I can access the public shares, and Time Machine software can 'see' it and apparently believes it is a valid drive for TM. I have, however, been told that Synology use 'Netatalk' which is considered flaky - although I guess everyone uses it as there is probably no choice.
Please help if you can. Classic multivendor problem - Apple will tell me the can't help with Synology related issues and why not buy an Apple Time Capsule, similarly no doubt Synology will tell me this is probably Apple-related. AAARRRGGGHHH!!! Why is EVERYTHING with Apple SUCH a wind-up????
Thanks in advance