[Answer ID: 12566]

LinkStation - How can I use Direct Copy?

Created 05/19/2011 08:47  |   Updated 04/24/2014 08:39

Direct Copy automatically copies movie, music, and images directly to the LinkStation from a USB device.


Note: Direct Copy is not available if there is no USB port on your LinkStation.

You can connect many types of USB devices to the LinkStaiton, including USB hard drives, USB flash drives, single-card card readers, digital cameras, and USB printers. USB hubs, mice, keyboards, and card readers that support 2 or more cards are NOT supported.



  1. Connect to a USB device (USB flash/digital camera/hard drive/card reader etc.) to the LinkStation.

    After the USB device is recognized, the function button is lit in blue for 60 seconds. After the function button is lit in blue, you can access the USB device

    If an unsupported USB memory device is connected to the LinkStation, then the function button will not light up in blue, and the device will not be mounted
  2. While the function button is blue, press it to copy data automatically from the USB device to a shared folder on the LinkStation. The function button will flash blue during the copy. Push the function button again to abort the copy.

    Files are copied to the folder:
    <shared folder>/pictures/yyymmdd
    yyy: year copied
    mm: month copied
    dd: date copied

    You may change the destination shared folder for Direct Copy in [Shared Folders] - [Direct Copy] - [Modify Setting] in the Web Admin interface. Subsequent Direct Copy folders are created at:
    <DirectCopy folder>/pictures/yyymmdd/n
    yyy: year copied
    mm: month copied
    dd: date copied
    n: 1st time n=0, 2nd time n=1, 3rd time n=2 and so on.

    For USB Mass Storage class USB devices, files with following extensions will be copied: avi, divx, asf, mpg, mpe, m1v, vob, mts, m2ts, m2t, mpeg, mpeg2, vdr, spts, tp, ts, 3gp, mov?m4v, wmv, dvr-ms, xvid, mp4, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, tif, tiff, yuv, bmp, mp3, mpa, wma, aac, apl, ac3, lpcm, pcm, wav, m3u, m4a, m4b, aif, aiff, flac, ogg, mp2, mp1

    For digital cameras that do not follow the USB Mass Storage Class standard, all files on the device will be copied.
  3. When the access LED of the USB device goes off, the copy is finished. Dismount the USB device before unplugging it.

    To dismount the USB device if the LinkStation is on, press and hold on the function button for 3 seconds. The blue LED will go out, and the USB device is dismounted. You may now unplug it safely.

    If you turn off the LinkStation, the USB device is already dismounted, and you can remove it safely.



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