External HDD on network between mac and pc?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by maxxscholten, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. maxxscholten macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, wow it's been a long time since I've posted anything here.

    I'm trying to working something out and so far none of my research has helped. I have a 1 TB external HDD that is currently formatted for Mac (extended journal... or something like that) in which I keep things like my Aperture Library (40+ gigs), backups of music, video files (50+ gigs) - all of which won't fit on my puny 60 GB hard drive that sits in my MacBook. Problem is, when I would like to access Aperture, I cannot unless I have my external HDD plugged in, so that it may access the library (same thing happens with my Flip HD Video program).

    I've recently finished building a HTPC running Win 7 and it hooked to my plasma in the living room. What I would like to do is somehow put this external HDD on the network (either directly through my router, or somehow through the Win 7 machine) so that when I'm working on my MacBook at home, I don't have to plug in my external to access Aperture and other files in it - but rather be connected to it as long as my internet connection is fine.

    Also, it would be super dandy if I would be able to access the external through the Win 7 machine as well - but I figure because of the difference in formatting, this may not be possible.


    Any thoughts or help on this situation would be aweeessssome.
     
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Buy an Airport Extreme, hang the drive off the back of it.

    Or, just format the drive for NTFS on your Windows 7 Machine, and share the drive from there to your MacBook.
     
  3. maxxscholten thread starter macrumors regular

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    If I formatted it to NTFS, would my MacBook still be able to recognize it?
     
  4. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Yes, but you can't write to it from the mac without adding some additional (free) software.
     
  5. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Yes, because it would be shared over the network. The mac wouldn't be writing to it, but the Windows 7 machine would be. The Windows 7 machine would be talking to your Mac over the network under a common language.
     
  6. cmaier macrumors G3

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    If you install NTFS-3G on your mac you can write to NTFS partitions as well as read from them.
     
  7. booyaaah macrumors newbie

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    This is my setup and I can access files, stream blu-ray etc. without any problems to my Win 7 laptop:
    • A bunch of external hdd's (formated as ntfs) connected to my iMac.
    • D-Link DIR-655 router
    • D-Link RangeBooster N USB Adapter (DWA-140) connected to the laptop
    Install Paragon NTFS for Mac on your macbook and you can read and write easily.
     
  8. illy123 macrumors member

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    Due to a lovely thing called Samba it won't be a problem - you don't need NTFS-3G on your Mac; it will be communicating through the smb protocol and W7 will be doing the reading/writing and then sending it over to the mac.

    Format the drive under NTFS, put on all your files and then share it over the network. Linux/Mac/Windows will all be to access it and write to it (as long as you have given them permission).
     

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