Putting External Harddrive on a Network...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by ajvizzgamer101, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    I have a Macbook Pro and my parents own a Dell Desktop and the router is connected to the desktop. I was wondering if I could attach my Western Digital 120GB harddrive to the router(some how, any cables I could buy?) to be shared over a network, and it needs to work with Time Machine on my Macbook Pro. I was originally going to get a Time Capsule but it cost to much money.
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    You would require a NAS, something that the AirPort Extreme (n) and Time Capsule does, otherwise you will need another converter.

  3. myjay610 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    If you're going to use it as a time machine hdd anyway, you might try partitioning it and using one partition as a time machine disk and then share out the other one via samba and afp.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    That would only work if the router had that feature already built-in. Most routers don't.

    What you are asking is "Here is a possible solution. Will it work?" It would be better to ask "I have this problem how best to solve it". Why not describe the problem and give us a budget to work with?

    I assume what you want a Time Machine disk. Does it really need to be wireless? Why not plug it into the notebook?

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