Network Hdd from an internal PC drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hyddan, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. hyddan macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2006
    I have an old windows computer shoved into my closet, still groaning like a dry-cleaner, and using it as extra space for my macbook, connecting to folders throught the network as I need them. It works pretty well but not quite what I want. A thought struck me;

    Would it be possible to format one of the harddrives in the windows machine to HSF+ and share it over the network and then use it as a regular network storage space (time machine backup etc)?

    With regular I mean its always shared on the network and can be accessed directly from my mac withouth funneling through some windows->mac conversion, or whatever OSX is doing when you connect to shared windows folders.

    Would be very nice and save me some $ instead of getting a real one. I've afraid those external harddrives makes too much noise for me at the moment, I want it quiet as my macbook! any tips on quiet stylish external harddrives are welcome.

    Thanks /
  2. Schroedinger macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    If you have no other use for it other than storage take a look at FreeNAS. It should do exactly what you need.

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