Setting up an XP machine as an external HDD over Ethernet?

maximumbarkly

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Mar 15, 2005
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As stated in the title, is there any way I could do this? Maybe in multiple steps... like making it an exclusive FTP server then tricking the machine into thinking it is a drive.
 

Rspaight

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You can share the entire drive (at least in XP Pro -- enable sharing in the Sharing tab of the Properties menu for the root directory of the drive), and then attach to it as a network drive in OS X. I do this to back up my iTunes library.
 

balamw

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Unless you actually mean something else... Any time you mount a network share it looks like a drive to OS X, so you don't even have to share your entire drive to make an XP box look like and external ethernet HDD. FWIW XP Pro actually creates a default hidden "administrative" share for each HDD in your machine \\machine\c$, and you can access that with an administrator's username/password.

If that's all you need your XP box to do I'd suggest you look into something a bit more lightweight and/or Mac friendly, i.e. use a Linux distro and NFS or even Darwin instead of XP.

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maximumbarkly

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Mar 15, 2005
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I cannot find the simple file sharing... and I'm directly connecting the XP machine to the back of my iMac via ethernet, no router. I don't want that machine to access the internet.

If only if only i could hold down "T."