Need for a Network External Drive

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  1. Reflow macrumors 68000

    Reflow

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    This is what I'm looking at for my network at home. I have 1 pc hardwired and 3 mac on wireless that would access this drive. Do you think this would work to store pictures and stuff from all my machines.Here is the link to the drive I'm looking at

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  2. Maynerd macrumors regular

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  3. Reflow thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I saw that it only works on windows but I'm looking to see if anyone used it on a mac before. Which i don't see why it would work as it has an ip address.
     
  4. Maynerd macrumors regular

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    Well buy that enclosure from radio shack and buy a 400GB hd from here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144423

    You will pay less money and get 2x the HD space. GIDDY up!
     
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    The Mac should be able to see it but, as it is probably formatted NTFS, the Mac will not be able to write to it. As you want a mixed PC/Mac network, that leaves formatting it FAT32 (which will limit you to 32GB's) or making two partitions. I do not know if both partitions will be accessable from this device.

    There are guides here on how to set up a mixed network. Good luck.
     
  6. Maynerd macrumors regular

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    What do you mean by this? Are you saying fat32 only supports drives up to 32GB cause I have a 200GB drive I'm using right now that's fat32 with one partition so that would be wrong.
     
  7. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    That is untrue. FAT32 can be fully used on any drive up to 2TB. It does limit the size of singular files though to 4GB.
     
  8. Reflow thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, So it looks like it will work. I have another question how do I map the drive using ip address on the mac
     
  9. Maynerd macrumors regular

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    I don't know but dude seriously consider the thing I mentioned to you. You'll get more for your $ and it has software that hooks it all up for you. Super easy!
     
  10. Reflow thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Man do you work for Radio Shack or what :D . I do like it but I don't like the style of it. As for the funds I'm just really looking around to see what is out there
     
  11. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    When you start transferring over a network, the NTFS/FAT32/HFS+ problem disappears. The firmware/OS on the enclosure will handle the low-level I/O to the disk.
     
  12. Maynerd macrumors regular

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    HAHA no I don't. I guess I was just very impressed by it. Especially at the price. If you don't like the looks of it, well that can't be changed. But man think of the deal! Less money AND 2x the HD space! AWESUM! :)
     
  13. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    Just shove it into the closet next to your modem and router. :p
     
  14. Maynerd macrumors regular

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    Really? That's interesting. I did not know that.
     
  15. 9Charms macrumors regular

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    I have pretty much the same network setup as you do and I use this thing:
    http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/article.asp?SCID=&CIID=66719

    It works well enough, but it's much slower than USB 2.0 so copying lots of files is a pain. The bonus is if you are going to copy lots of gigs, take it off the network and plug it in via USB 2.0.

    As for speeds, I found I could not play a Divx file over the network with out it skipping, but iTunes and iPhoto sharing work great.

    I'll probably sell this one and get the new Airport Extreme from Apple when it comes out in Feb. You can plug any USB hard drive or printer into it and have it shared throughout the network.
     
  16. mst0192 macrumors member

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    Dont buy..

    as someone mentioned earlier, it has some kind of windows-filesystem (dont remember which, but i think fat32).

    on a mac, you have to mount it as a network drive BUT you always get problems with the filesystem. (see differences between the 2 filesystems, especially on "resource forks") also, some characters, which are allowed for hfs-files arent allowed to be used on fat32 (its frustrating trying to coying gigs of data and not exactly knowing at which file the process stops whithout any warning because of this "file-incompability)

    last but not least cheap lan drives are slow as hell (you will be impressed!)

    so for our office (heavy-mac-usage), it was a total waste of money.
    be warned!
     

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