Mac mini g4 as file server help

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Karr271, May 15, 2011.

  1. Karr271 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    I have getting a MacBook pro and have an iPad but I would love a Mac mini just to be able to download and upload files while I am not home. I came across someone selling a Mac mini g4 for really cheap. Can anyone advise me in getting software thatll help the mini act as a file server and recommend any upgrades (ram and HDD) that'll make it operate smoothly.
  2. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    You can do one of two things:

    1) Get a Mac OS X 10.5 install DVD, boot it up from there and do a fresh install of Leopard. Then connect a USB hard drive to it and go to System Preferences and turn on sharing, then share the drive out over your network that way. (Turn on AFP or Windows Sharing (Samba))

    2) Download a copy of Ubuntu for PPC and install Ubuntu on it. Connect a USB hard drive and share that out.

    Option 1 is more or less what I do at home with my Intel Mac mini. I have 5.5TBs of storage attached to it. It is plugged into my router by ethernet. All of the machines in the house can access any of the drives because of the way I have shared them out. I have both AFP and Samba enabled.

    Hope this helps


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