Convert PowerMac to server or external hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by regre7, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. regre7 macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I need a way to store large files off of my MacBook Pro, but still be able to access some of them readily. Here's my situation: I edit video, and I've recently gotten involved in my school's video club. I'll probably be the primary editor for them, so I need somewhere to store all of the video. Back before I switched, I worked on my sorry PC that I put a 160 GB drive in. I need a storage solution that will be able to transmit and recieve the video quickly while I'm working on it. I've considered several options, but I don't know if there will be severe bottlenecks in them. I'll explain them, and I'd appreciate your feedback.

    I've recently gotten the notion that I can use an old Power Mac as a server to host some of my larger files. First of all, I'd like to know if my expectations are reasonable. Here they are:

    Store vast amounts of data, likely over 300 GB
    Be accessible wirelessly, whether by AirPort or a wired connection to a router
    Be accessible wired, for large file transfers

    This option seems to be a bit more cost effective and scalable as opposed to the other option I've thought of, an external hard drive. However, I'm not sure if even a wired ethernet connection could handle video editing. If this would work, what kind of Power Mac would be required? G3? G4? Dual G4?

    The other option would be an external hard drive, I suppose connected either by FireWire or USB2.0.

  2. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    If you're going to use ethernet, get gigabit ethernet. Standard 100mbit ethernet won't be fast enough.
  3. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    So can I convert my powermac G4 400 to a RAID server?

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