Trouble Sharing Firewire Drive Over Airport

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by xjohn, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. xjohn macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    I feel like this is a simple problem that I should be able to solve myself, but I can't seem to figure it out, so I'm turning to folks here for help.

    1. I'm sharing my ADSL connection from my iBook to my Powerbook over airport.

    2. I have an external Firewire drive (250GB) attached to the iBook.

    3. I want to access it from the Powerbook.

    4. The iBook HD shows up under "Network" on the Powerbook, but the external drive isn't available as one of the shares.

    Any ideas?


  2. xjohn thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    Extra, maybe relevant info:

    The Powerbook's running 10.4.7.
    The iBook's running 10.3.9
  3. elfin buddy macrumors 6502a

    elfin buddy

    Sep 16, 2001
    Tuttlingen, Germany
    Just a hunch here, but if you can mount the iBook's hard drive on the PowerBook, then couldn't you go into the /Volumes directory and access the external hard drive from there?

    EDIT: Just tried that accessing a remote host through FTP. It seems as if it should work for you too, as far as I can tell.

    In case you're not familiar with the Terminal, here's what you do:

    1) Set up your network and computers as you would like them.
    2) Open (in Utilities by default)
    3) Type exactly as you see here and hit return when you see [return]
    [i]cd /Volumes/[/i]"iBook's hard drive name here in quotes"[i]/Volumes/[/i]"external hard drive name here in quotes" [return]
    open . [return]
    Don't forget that "." in the second line of code. Crucial for getting yourself back to the Aqua-goodness of Mac OS X ;)
  4. playaj82 macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2006
    Kingman, AZ
    This might be a software issue.

    Firewall, correct Sharing Settings

    Or the easy solution....

    Take the external drive from the iBook and hook it to the Powerbook
  5. xjohn thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    Thanks for the suggestions!

    What ended up working was logging. in to the iBook as a different user. I had been logging into it as a user without access to the drive.

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