Using an external Hard drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by blizzard_nz, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. blizzard_nz macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2004
    Don't know much about these, but know what I'd like to be able to do with one.

    I have a PowerMac 800Mhz, and a TiBook 400Mhz. Basically, I'd like an external hard drive that is 7200rpm and 120Gb or larger that I can work off all day long accessed by my laptop and desktop at the same time. When the day ends, I'd like to be able to take the laptop and External HD home and continue to work off it. I would like it to be a Firewire drive (and USB?).

    Is it possible also to have a self-powered drive at the same time? This is not the priority, but would be nice.

    Not sure if I go for a slim one with a laptop drive, or a big sturdy enclosure?

    Ang suggestions, thanks in advance :)
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I hate to tell you this, but hard drives of any sort (internal or external) were not designed to be accessed, and will not let you access them, from two computers at once. The interface does not matter - it simply will not work.

    There are only two workarounds that I know of:
    1. Swap the HD between the two computers as needed.
    2. Share the HD over a network shared between the two computers (easily done in Mac OS 9, but a royal pain to do in Mac OS X).
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina

    What's so hard about sharing over a network? Not hard at all, just make sure the computer it's attached to isn't set to sleep.
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    It's a royal pain because the sharing settings only let you share your home directory (to a PC) or your Public folder (to a Mac) - it won't even LET you select other things to share, like external drives - unlike Mac OS 9. If you want to do this in Mac OS X you must fiddle around with some UNIX configuration files in the Terminal, as far as I'm aware.
  5. AmigoMac macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    There is no PC mentioned above, he's saying Powermac and TiBook, piece of cake in Mac OS X, -I have never tried with a PC - I use 2 external HDs, smooth...
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    How do you do it then? It seems to me like you can only share your Public folder between Macs on Mac OS X. I would LOVE to be able to do this without the use of the Terminal.
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    What I am hearing is that you have a notebook and want to use the files on the desktop. Under OSX (10.3 - maybe others) there is a tip offered in the Missing Manual that allows for your Home Folder to be sent to an external HDD so that when you log in, you have a central space for your files. Hope this helps.
  8. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Mounting drives in Mac OS X

    I share files all the time between all the macs on my network. In order to mount mac volumes easily rather than just the home folder in Mac OS 10.3 follow these steps.
    1. Open "System Preferences"
    2. Click on "Network"
    3. choose your LAN device (ie built in ethernet) and click "configure"
    3. Click on "appletalk"
    4. Make "Appletalk" active
    5. go back to the main screen in "system preferences"
    6. Click on "sharing"
    7. Check mark "Personal file sharing" to turn on file sharing
    8. Repeat these steps on all machines
    9. Once file sharing is on click on the "Finder" icon in the dock
    10. Choose "network" in the left hand pane where all of your disk drives are located
    11. Choose the machine you are trying to connect to you may have to go into the folder labeled "local"
    12. When prompted. Type in the administrator name and password of the machine you are logging into.
    13. At this time you should be able to choose the volumes you want and the administrators home folder.

    Steps 1-8 are similar in mac os 10.1 and 10.2 except to connect to other macs on your network. Its been a while since I used either of these but as I recall. After following steps 1-8.
    9. Switch to "Finder"
    10. Choose "Go" in the menu
    11. Select "connect to server" in the pull-down shortcut key is apple-k
    12. Select the machine you are connecting to in the dialog box.
    13. When prompted enter the administrator name and password of the machine you are connecting to.

    I apologize if I missed a step anywhere but this should allow you to mount hard drives of other macs on a network. :)
  9. blizzard_nz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2004
    Hey dudes, thanks for your replys.

    Im already currently sharing my PowerMac HD on OSX 10.3.7 between my laptop and also my PC with no problems at all - easy.

    Guess what I'd really like to know is can I get my cake and eat it too - as in: A external fast harddrive (firewire?), and yet be small enough to carry around and be self powered (USB?) if I really need it on a trip although the main priority is to have a 120gb fast external drive to access my work files.

    Any product brand recommendations?
  10. blizzard_nz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2004
    Also - I have it set up to share straight from the root HD, and not just from a home or public folder through my powerbook. So I can even load up appz from my desktop onto my powerbook through the network. kool.
    I can't seem to do this however through my PC and have to only use a public folder, but I understand this can't be done and I have no need for that anyhow.

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