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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by durham, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. durham macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2011

    I am new to the Forum and need some advice please.

    We have used Macs for years, but as an expanding family/small business we need to look at how to share documents/music files/photos/etc easily and efficiently.

    We have a Macbook, timecapsule and iPad and are looking to buy a MacBook Air as well. I want to be able to put the big files (music, video and photos) on one machine and have them (easily) accessible to all devices. What is my best option? I am not sure whether i need a dedicated server (e.g. buy a mac mini running Lion server) or could i use the existing MacBook with Lion and put the big stuff on that. Is there another option (e.g. a hard drive attached to the timecapsule?) or other solution?

    Any direct advice (or links to useful info) would be much appreciated.


  2. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    What is your budget?
    This will give us a good idea on which direction we can direct you in.
  3. durham thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2011
    Excluding the MBA, I would like to keep it under £1000 if poss.


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