Help Sharing External Hard Drives Between 2 Macs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thiagofll, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. thiagofll macrumors member

    thiagofll

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    I would highly appreciate if someone could help me out with this. I am relatively new to Macs, have been using it for 5-6 months. I already know how to do everything but share folders and drives using my network connection.

    I have an iMac and a Macbook Pro. I have a 120GB Hard Drive hooked up to the iMac via Firewire. How can I share that Firewire External Hard Drive with my Macbook Pro? What are the steps I have to follow to connect both macs? Is there a way that I could also share my iMac's desktop files with my Macbook Pro?
    I already have a wi-fi connection between both computers, I just don't know how to share that hard drive between both simultaneously..

    Any help would be appreciated...
     
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I had the same setup with my iMac. You can do it through terminal, however I found that 'Sharepoints' is a easy to use solution:

    http://www.hornware.com/sharepoints/

    You could also do a search for 'Sharepoints' on this forum, there's plenty of discussion available.
     
  3. telecomm macrumors 65816

    telecomm

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    On the iMac, go to System Preferences>Sharing and turn on Personal File Sharing. From your laptop, go through the finder to Network, and select your iMac, which should appear there. When you connect, instead of Guest, sign in as a registered user (I think, but am not sure, that the user account you use here should be an admin account). Enter your password, and you'll get a list of volumes to which you can connect, one of which will be your external drive.
     
  4. thiagofll thread starter macrumors member

    thiagofll

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    Thank you both of you for the help....I will try both methods...thank you again!
     
  5. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    I don't think you can share external drives in the same way as the main internal drive - hence SharePoints. I could be wrong, but I never got it to work on my iMac without SharePoints.
     
  6. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502

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    You could also get a network drive and put it on your network. If you dont want to change your drive than there are devices that will allow you to hook the drive up to and make it a network storage device. I know we have them in the store I am based in. SO most COmpUSAs should have them.

    Kevin
     
  7. telecomm macrumors 65816

    telecomm

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    Works fine here (between an iBook and a PowerBook connected to an external FW drive).
     
  8. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the tip! Worked perfectly without sharepoints.
     

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