External HD attached to iMac: NASish

Discussion in 'iMac' started by amini1, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. amini1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2008
    I have an iMac that sits on a desk attached to a Time Capsule, which acts as my wireless router. Can I attach an external hard drive to the iMac (not the TC) and make it a sort of network server? In other words, I have a bunch of Macs, iPads, iPhones, etc. and want them all to be able to access an external hard drive attached to the iMac for iTunes, iPhoto, etc. with the iMac being able to be backed up with Time Capsule. If not possible, any suggestions? Thanks.
  2. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Connect the external to the iMac and then share it over the network. Go to System Prefs > Sharing > turn on file sharing and add the external with whatever permissions you want to designate.

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