I want to share an external hard drive with my Imac and Ibook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Wildgift, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    I have a G5 Imac and a G4 ibook. i want to use time machine, and have one external hard drive connect to both.

    I could get an external with more than one input (ie, usb and firewire)--does that work? Could i use a usb hub to connect the 2 computers to the HD, and set up different partitions?

    And what of NAS? i do not want to set up a whole network (we already have one at my office, and i want this to be independent)

    I have looked for the answer, and seen contradictory replies.

  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I believe the norm is for the FireWire connection to override the USB. If both are connected, only the computer with the FireWire connection will be able to see the drive. If that computer is off, the USB computer will see it.

    No, the USB protocol only allows one computer to be connected at a time.

    This is probably the way to go. Easiest would be to connect the drive to your iMac and share it on a wireless network.

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