Share a FireWire HD Between 2 Machines?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by tjwett, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. tjwett macrumors 68000

    tjwett

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    I'm about to have a 2 computer setup and I'd like it very much if both machines could access my LaCie FW drive at the same time. The HD does have 2 FW ports on back. Is this possible? What if one machine is Mac and one is PC, any difference?
    Thanks.:)
     
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

    rainman::|:|

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    Won't work, as of course only one system may control a drive... otherwise it'd be confused as hell, trying to keep up. Now you could always get a third computer as a server, and do it that way, but it's not quite what you wanted... they do have HDs with built in network servers too, which would be closer.

    i doubt you'd do any harm by trying, except perhaps frying the FW bridge...

    paul
     
  3. tjwett thread starter macrumors 68000

    tjwett

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    Thanks. That's what I figured. Maybe I should have shelled out for that ethernet HD afterall. Oh well...
     
  4. jtown macrumors 6502

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    Well, theoretically (and practically), it is possible for two machines to share a hard drive like that. But it's not easy to set up properly and I've only seen it in action in a few custom systems many years ago (10-12).

    I don't know if anyone even makes that kind of setup now that nearly every computer sold has a 100mbit ethernet connection. Just plug the drive into one of the machines and share it.
     
  5. varmit macrumors 68000

    varmit

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    you can share anything

    sharepoint can do it. The hard drive will be connected to one Mac, but the other Mac can access over a network connection.

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

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