Did I make a mistake?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Wingnut330, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Hello all,

    I'm very new to the Mac world and I think I may have made a mistake - not switching to Mac, but more around the Mac that I bought. Here is my situation...

    I bought a Mini 2.0 with the intent to connecting it to my new 52" Sony HD LCD. I have done that and it looks stunning! I love the OS and especially iLife. My problem is storage and sharing - and I think that it's more iLife than anything.

    I'm in a mixed computing environment - XP desktop, Vista laptop and now the Mini. I would eventually like to be all Mac, but that is down the road.

    So I want to share iTunes, pictures, movies etc on my home network. From what I'm gathering, iLife wants everything imported into it and my hard drive is only 120GB. I have more than that in data, so importing it over doesn't make much sense.

    What I want to be able to do is store all of my master picture and video files on my NAS drive, work with them on the Mini, view them on the PC's and then mirror them onto another external drive for safe keeping. I was hoping for the Mini to be kind of a HTPC for me. Time Machine and iLife don't seem to want to do that very easily.

    Any thoughts? Should I have purchased a more powerful machine? Should I bag the HTPC idea?
  2. tefleming macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2006
    The 2GHz mini should be sufficient to do what you're needing.

    Where exactly are you having problems?

    I don't think Time Machine plays nicely with Network drives, IIRC

  3. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Thanks for welcoming me aboard! :)

    I fiddled with things this weekend and think that I have the iTunes sharing worked out. Now on to iPhoto...

    I want to store my photos on the network, but work with them in iPhoto, same with videos and iMovie. Then I want to be able to make a mirror copy of that NAS for backup.

    I think I can point iPhoto the network, but I'm not 100% sure.

    When I read about Time Machine I was really excited, but then when I tried using it I realized that it only backs up a Mac, not NAS drives. Big dissappointment.
  4. Pizzer macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    Go into ilife prefs. You can specify file location if that's what your searching for.
  5. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Will iPhoto 'import' them to the Mini or truly work off of the NAS? I thought I read somewhere that it imports them and essentially makes a copy of them on the Mac. Is that true?
  6. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    This is why Apple & Steve Jobs have vexed my soul.... They refuse to come out with an affordable Mac tower and they force everyone into one of the following:

    MacMini = Underpowered & non-expandable
    iMac = All-in-one and non-expandable
    MacPro = Way too expensive

  7. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    Um... no.

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