Multi notebook network

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by the advisor, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. the advisor macrumors member

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    #1
    Here is the scenario. I have a PB G4 hosting a 250gb external drive that the other three apple notebooks in my house use as common storage (the shared drive). I am trying to get two of the three notebooks to time machine backup to the shared drive. I am able to mount the drive on the desktop, and have time machine recognize it (by running a permission code through terminal). When I try to execute time machine against the selected drive, it fails, coming back with an error message stating the the drive is not mountable. If I plug the share drive directly into either of the notebooks I am trying to back up over the network, it works, indicating that the drive is formatted properly and registrable, etc.. I seem to be having network issues. Does anyone have any suggestion as to what may resolve my issue? Thanks in advance. :apple:
     
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  3. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you happen to have an AirPort Extreme?

    If so, try connecting the external drive to it ... that will probably work.


    I don't think you can use Time Machine to make back-ups on a drive that's connected to another Mac, even if it's shared. (not sure though)
     

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