Using External Disk as a NAS

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by afrocleland, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. afrocleland macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Location:
    Glasgow
    #1
    Hey there,

    I use my old mac mini purely as a media server and TV box. My actual computer mac is my MBA - main disadvantage being disk space. Is there any way of me setting up an external disk attached to the Mini to act as a NAS? Possibly even use it like a time capsule? I was going to hopefully host my iPhoto and iTunes libraries on it too.

    Cheers!
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #2
    You should just be able to share the disk on your mini and mount it on your MBA.

    On your Mac Mini: Go to System Preferences > Sharing > Tick the File Sharing box.

    In my case this results in the attached:
    Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 18.32.39.png

    On your MBA: Open a Finder window, click Go at the top of the screen > Select Connect to Server and the input the address that was displayed on the Sharing preferences tab.

    The Mini should then appear in the finder window under the shared devices.....hopefully!

    P.S Never done this, just guessing :)
     
  3. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Location:
    Glasgow
    #3
    Thanks for the reply! I've just got that set up. Was quite easy!
    Will that allow me to use the iPhoto/Tunes libraries from there? And any idea if I could set up one for a time capsule backup?
     
  4. Adz76 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2011
    Location:
    Dagobah System
    #4
    To use your iTunes from your mini go into iTunes settings on the mini and turn on home sharing.If I recall you might have to also setup the MBA with home sharing also, then you can access all your library on the MBA via streaming from the mini. This might also work for iPhoto but I haven't tried it.
     
  5. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #5
    On the MBA open iTunes / iPhoto while holding the alt button and then select the the applicable library on the mini.

    I have my iPhoto library on a NAS in a different room and it works.
     
  6. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Location:
    Glasgow
    #6
    One more wee question... After I rebooted, I lost the connection. Can I automate it to connect when available?
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Location:
    California
    #7
    Yes, you can do both.

    Not by default You will need to install OS X Server to do a Time Machine backup to a networked Mini like that.
     
  8. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Location:
    Glasgow
    #8
    Would I just need server running on the Mini? The mini is quite old, so only runs unto 10.6, where as the MBA is a current model running Mavericks. Will that make a difference?
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Location:
    California
    #9
    Correct... you just need server edition on the Mini that the Time Machine drive is attached to.
     
  10. afrocleland thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2012
    Location:
    Glasgow
    #10
    I just tried to install Os X Server 10.6 there and it said it wasn't compatible :confused:

    Maybe it's a lack of RAM? I only have 1GB. It's already running regular 10.6
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Location:
    California
    #11
    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH8190

    Looks like you need 2gb.
     

Share This Page