Wireless HD server?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by milesdavis, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. milesdavis macrumors regular

    milesdavis

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    Hello,

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to be able to access a bunch of USB drives wirelessly while I'm home.

    I've looked into the AEBS, but it's too expensive, and I've read that it has some issues.

    What I have : linksys router, old pc laptop <----

    Can i somehow use these two things and create some sort of network that my mac can access?

    the PC does not show up in Finder wirelessly -- but I haven't connected it directly to the ethernet on the router....

    I'm a bit confused. I know people do this, just not sure how to proceed.

    Thanks!!

    - MD
     
  2. misterredman macrumors 6502a

    misterredman

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    Take a look at FreeNAS:

    www.freenas.org

    You could install it on your old PC and share your USB drive through the network. It works perfectly with macs and pcs. It's free.
     
  3. milesdavis thread starter macrumors regular

    milesdavis

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    Thanks for the reply! I will check it out --

    Do you use this? Any recommendations? I basically have a windows laptop that I can essentially do whatever with.

    Thank you! MD
     
  4. misterredman macrumors 6502a

    misterredman

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    Best thing is to give it try by downloading the liveCD to test your hardware. :D
     
  5. milesdavis thread starter macrumors regular

    milesdavis

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    Okay, hit a snag. I realized that while I wanted to use a existing windows XP computer to serve files + print, all my external drives are formated HFS+ not fat32 or even NTFS!

    There is no way this is going to work, right?

    Also -- are there any other alternatives to Time Capsule that are cheaper?

    awesome, thank you for the responses!

    -md
     

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