How to back up over network?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Awfisch, May 10, 2011.

  1. Awfisch macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    I have a 2 TB usb hard drive that i back up my macbook pro onto. I have an old xp that I dont use anymore and I was wondering if I could attach my usb hard drive to the XP computer, and then share it over the network so I can access my information from anywhere in the house. It seemed like a good idea to me, except the drive is formatted in Mac OS extended journaled. All of my files are on it, and so I cannot reformat it.

    If there is any (free) way to get the computer running XP to recognize the drive so it can be shared that would be great! I really don't wanna dish out the money for a time capsule or airport.

    Thanks for the help!

  2. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    assuming u have a wifi router just directly hook the computer up via a cat 5 wire, also u can attach the Hard drive to the router. for the xp just set permissions for file sharing (i forget how to do it but thats why there is google) on both machines if u want to view and use the files from the mac. so now u will be able to do whatever will the files on both and copy back and forth etc..assuming u have a router and a modem or a combined unit this should work, im not the expert but its worth a shot. reminds me i need to go out and get a HD for mine lol

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