How to share external HDD over Mac network?

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  1. ascender macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, I know this question has been asked before, but I've done a search and tried some of the solutions, but am getting nowhere. Also some of the threads seem to go off on a tangent.

    Anyway, I have the following setup:

    - All machines running OS X

    - iMac with an External HDD connected via FW800

    - External HDD is called "MyBook"

    I would like to be able to access this External HDD from other machines on my network, for file copying and maybe streaming audio/video.

    How do I go about setting this up?

    Thanks,


    Mike.
     
  2. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    It should be fairly easy. Go to the computer that the drive is connected to, highlight the drive, and go to get info (apple+I)

    Expand the details, and put all the access to read and write. Hit apply to enclosed items.

    Then go to whatever mac you want to connect, be on the desktop, and go to the "go" menu.

    select "network" and find the name of the computer the drive is connected to and hit "connect". you should then be able to find your external drive, it mount on your desktop and be in business
     
  3. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502

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    I am interested in this too. I have a my book hard drive connected to my one of my macbooks. I would like to connect to it with my other macbook I just tried using the instructions but it didn't work. the external my book hard drive does not show up under network only the computer
     
  4. ascender thread starter macrumors 68000

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    When I connect to the computer with the HDD on it remotely, the drive isn't listed as a valid share. I've checked and the permissions are r/w already, so its not that.

    Actually, on my Powerbook, I can't actually browse the network, I have to go via "Connect to Server" for some reason.
     
  5. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    Go to Control Panels:Sharing and make sure that "Personal File Sharing" is checked.....
     
  6. ascender thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yip, that's on all my Macs as I can connect to their respective home drives.
     
  7. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502

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    This is checked already on both of my mac's
     
  8. BiikeMike macrumors 65816

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    We'll have to wait for someone who knows more than I to chime in, That is what I have done on my computers and it works fine...
     
  9. ascender thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh, I'm assuming this is all possible with just TCP/IP? I don't need to enable AppleTalk or anything do I?
     
  10. benlee macrumors 65816

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    enabling apple talk would probably be a good way to do it, thats how i share files across computers.
     
  11. jschuur macrumors newbie

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    FWIW, I got here on a forum search with the exact same issue.

    I can share other folders (home and the root boot drive) just fine from my iMac (where the MyBook external drive is hooked up to) to my Macbook, but a mounted drive won't show up.

    I know you have to be an administrator to view mounted drives, but both the iMac account I'm using as credentials to log into from the Macbook and even the local account on the Macbook that I'm doing the connecting from are admins.

    The file system type is the default FAT32 that it came pre-formatted as, and I understand that doesn't support the full array of permission options (Get Info -> Ownership & Permissions e.g. only has a single, non-editable 'You can read and write' entry). Could that be related?

    I'm probably going to try and reformat to HFS+ journaled, but that will require copying everything off the drive beforehand, so I'm taking a trip back to the Apple store first.

    Will post my findings here later...
     
  12. jschuur macrumors newbie

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    Solution: Don't use FAT32 file system

    As I suspected. If you reformat the drive with a Mac file system (use Disk Utility, select the drive, pick 'Erase'), it'll appear among the list of mountable volumes.

    I suspect that the Mac file systems offer a greater range of permissions that it uses to tell if someone else should be able to mount it. I used 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)', which apparently also allows for files > 4 gigs.
     
  13. rev316 macrumors regular

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    Could try to make it a NAS and use SharePoints.
     

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