2 macs -> Same TB device

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  1. rodrigoluizb macrumors member

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    Hi

    Doing my plans about storage (thanks to who helped me on the other thread), i decide to go with a simple DAS for while: my 3TB seagate Backup Plus and a HD in a FW enclosure. My Backup Plus has a USB3 interface, but i'm thinking to buy the Thunderbolt adapter from seagate. My first question is for anyone who has this adapter: this adapter worth the USD165 (B&H)?

    This Thunderbolt adapter has 2 TB ports for daisy chaining. But i thought, i don't know if this is possible, if i can connect two macs on the 2 TB ports, like a iMac on one the port and a macbook on the second port, and, for example, make Time Machine backups of both macs at the same time, on the same drive.
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    But which Mac owns the drive? A drive can only be owned by one machine at a time. It is part of one file system....or another.
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Nope.

    You could install OS X Server ($19.99 in the App Store) on the Mac that the drive is attached to; that would let you back up the 2nd Mac to the external drive on the first Mac.
     
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    The two ports are for daisy chaining. You cannot dual port a drive as a DAS to two independent computers.

    Running OSX Server of one of the machines is a good solution. It essentially becomes a NAS (among a bunch of other things) for your network.

    /Jim
     
  5. rodrigoluizb thread starter macrumors member

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    After reading some threads here in the forum, i'm seriously thinking to buy the Mac OSX Server from mac app store. Maybe in a few months (more probably years) i'll build a dedicated mac server with a mac mini and some TB raid. Thanks for the help guys.
     
  6. blueroom macrumors 603

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    A Time Capsule or decent NAS would also work.
     
  7. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    The key difference is that the drives are then in another file system (not either Mac) owned by the TC or the NAS. Nothing wrong with that approach at all. I like the new TC units.
     

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