personal server

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ifjake, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. ifjake macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    i know this kind of thing exists. basically i'd like something to hold all my iTunes songs and other large space taking stuff that could be accessed wirelessly, essentially an external harddrive without wires. i know i could use a mac mini, but those things use the tiny laptop drives and really have more processing power than i would need. anyone know of anything interesting?
  2. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    You could get an iMac G3 500 or something and throw in a 80GB 7200RPM or 5400 drive.

    Those are really easy to crack open and install stuff. :)
  3. bah-bah'd macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2006
  4. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    using an esata enclosure


    I just bought a Fusion 400 with a 4 external port card from Sonnet. I'm adding 1 500 GB to start with. i thought about getting another mac (like someone suggested an older model), but i don't want another machine hooked up. this will be accessed directly by my g5. that said, if you have multiple macs to connect, then probably not your solution.

  5. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Be careful. Some NAS do not work with Macs due to proprietary files formats. Look for one that uses a Reiser FS that will be universal between Macs and PCs. You may have to dig for it, but it is out there.

    BTW, I have read very bad things about the Netgear SC101. It is supposed to run very hot and will not work with a Mac.
  6. ifjake thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    i'm pretty happy with using airportexpress as my router. would i be able to stick one of these network storage devices between the airportexpress and the wall via ethernet, letting the airportexpress take care of the wirelessness? also, how would Airtunes fare in this configuration?
  7. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    No, you need to put the the NAS (Network Attached Storage) on the inside of your network. I assume that the ethernet cable from the wall to your airport express is your WAN connection (ie the route to the rest of the internet).
  8. ifjake thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    so i'd have to get a new wireless router with some ethernet jacks in the back as well and use the airportexpress for just airtunes streaming?

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