Access external drives through ethernet

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by amstrad, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. amstrad macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    I would like to know if it is possible to link external drives to a mac through the ethernet port instead of the usb one.

    I have many external drives and while firewire transfer rates are ok, usb sucks.

    So i thought maybe there is a way to plug these drives through an ethernet interface instead of the usb.

    Thanks

    ps : if that's possible, would i be able to boot windows from an external drive instead of partitioning my main imac hard drive ?
     
  2. dubAdub, Sep 24, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011

    dubAdub macrumors member

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    What you're looking for is called a NAS (Network Attached Storage). It's possible to buy just the NAS enclosures and put the disks in yourself. Obviously the disks have to be compatible with the enclosure.

    It's possible to get Network booting Mac OS working with NetBoot and a Max OS X server http://www.anandtech.com/show/4547/mac-os-x-lion-server-review/16.
    I haven't tried it myself so don't know if it will only work with Mac OS X server due to any proprietary extensions Apple have put into the discovery/boot process. Those might prevent Windows network booting.
     

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