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buckman
Jun 9, 2011, 07:23 AM
I'm using Mac OS X 10.6.7 fine and an old PC..

The PC has a USB Drive attached 1TB and I have enabled this in Windows to be shared so that my Macbook Pro i7 can read the USB HD via a connecting ethernet cable.

This all works great, but is there a way in this day and age where I can share and 'edit' files live between the two machines, and have them both have access at the same time?

I use audio files on the pc (.wav and .aiff) from the shared USB HD and keep them open for editing on the PC, then I have the Mac access them too for sequencing in Logic so they are effectively in 2 places at once..

I just want to be able to edit them live on the PC and the refreshed updates reflect in the Mac in situ - they seem to play ok on both machines accessing the same file, but the editing, suddenly everything falls over?

If this is possible, is there a better way of doing it, like having the shared USB HD on the 'mac side' and let the PC access it? or am i doing it the best way?

Surely theres a way around this with networking or even Mac or PC settings to overcome this, whereby Mac and PC's live together happily on the same network? :confused:



Mactasia
Jun 11, 2011, 11:37 AM
In my experience this doesn't work out well because you have two different systems trying to access the same files at the same time - this is always going to cause conflicts imho.

You *may* have better results using a NAS box as storage, but I couldn't guarantee anything.

Personally, in the work place I system manage, I have students copy the files from a share to their own network space and then work from them - specifically to avoid this kind of problem.