Converting Maxtor Shared Storage II to Central Axis for Windows

This version of the Maxtor Manager software, and firmware converts your Maxtor Shared Storage II into a Maxtor Central Axis, allowing you to securely access and share the contents of your Maxtor Shared Storage II over the Internet. This software is compatible with Windows XP/Vista Operating Systems.

Release Notes

Note: This is a two-part upgrade. We strongly recommend that you upgrade the Maxtor Manager software before upgrading the firmware.


  • Step 1

    After downloading the .zip file to your system extract the contents of the zip file into a folder of your choice.

  • Step 2

    Click on the Setup.exe file you extracted and follow the instructions to complete the Central Axis client software upgrade.

  • Step 3

    After you have completed the Maxtor Manager software update on your PC,  the firmware included with the download must be updated to complete the Web Access and Share conversion. For instructions on upgrading the firmware please read below or open the MSStoMCAfirmwareupdate.rtf in the download.

  • Step 4

    Upon completion of the firmware upgrade please read the Quick Start Guide included in the download to setup your first Central Axis shared account.

  • Step 5

    Double click on the Maxtor Manager icon on your desktop.

  • Step 6

    Once the MSS is located in the discovery screen, select it and click Settings.

  • Step 7

    From the Maxtor Manager Main Menu, select Maxtor Central Axis Advanced Web Page to open your default web browser.

  • Step 8

    If you have applied a password to the Shared Storage Drive it will prompt you to enter it at this time.

  • Step 9

    After entering your password select Advanced Settings>System Maintenance>System Update.

  • Step 10

    Click on the Manual Install button.

  • Step 11

    After the update warning screen displays click Next.

  • Step 12

    When the Manual System Update screen displays click on the Browse button.

  • Step 13

    Select the MCAWin.bin file for Windows and click Open.

  • Step 14

    Click Update. At this point the firmware will load to your Shared Storage Drive. The update process takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. During this time, the Shared Storage drive will be inaccessible to users.

  • Step 15

    Once the update is finished you will get a confirmation screen letting you know that your Shared Storage Drive has been updated successfully. Click DONE and close the browser.

    Note: Now that your Maxtor Shared Storage II has been converted into a Maxtor Central Axis, Firmware updates will be called appliance updates, and any Maxtor Manager software updates will be labeled client updates.

  • Step 16

    To setup web access and sharing open the QuickStart_Windows.pdf or QuickStart_Mac.pdf included in the download and follow the instructions starting at part 4.

    More Information

    The latest technical documentation and features can be viewed by clicking the "Help" button at the bottom of the Central Axis admin pages or select the "?" icon in the upper right hand corner of the Maxtor Manager admin page. Included with the download are Central Axis Admin and User guides for both Windows and Mac in PDF format.

    If you need technical assistance click the Maxtor Support button at the bottom of the Maxtor Manager Window or Central Axis Admin Web page to visit our support site.