OS X Home Network? Coming from Windows...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Reg88, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Reg88 macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    I could use some advice about how best to setup file-sharing for OS X -- with a backup.

    I have:

    1) 21.5" iMac where I keep all of the videos -- TM backup + SpiderOak Backup

    2) 27" iMac where I keep all of the images -- TM backup + SpiderOak Backup

    3) Macbook Pro (most data in Dropbox/cloud)

    I would like to be able to:
    1) store the images and the videos one ONE drive (preferably a RAID volume) that is backed up locally and to the cloud (spideroak is what I use currently).

    2) access these videos and images from any of the Mac's above (I have full CS6 on these machines -- though I know LR4 will be unhappy on a network).

    QL Should I buy a mini to use as a server with an external RAID drive? Or should I go with some type of RAID NAS?

    Q: Can the mini run headless? And would I need to have OS X server or could I just create shared volumes?
    Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
  2. Attonine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2006
    Kent. UK
    I don't think you need a Mac mini Server for this. A Synology or QNAP type NAS should be fine. To back-up locally you would presumably need 2 devices, so could get expensive.

    Mac Mini server does indeed run headless. You access it from your regular desktop or laptop via an app or screen sharing.

    I don't think you would need OS X server, shared volumes would work (though I don't know how well a regular mini runs headless). Again though, I think a NAS would be better for what you need.
  3. satcomer, Mar 21, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region

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