External Hard drive via ethernet question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RedCroissant, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    I am looking at getting more storage and was wondering whether or not I could connect an external HDD to my iMac via ethernet and still use it the same way I would if it were connected through usb or firewire.

    Thanks for any answers I might get.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It will mount as a network drive. This may present itself somewhat differently to a local disk on USB/Firewire (as the native file system will not be exposed, rather SAMBA or AFP will be used to mount). This will result in a number of limitations, for example Time Machine will not be willing to use that device.

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