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    Default [Advice] Mac Network Storage device

    Ok Guys, here we go, may be a stupid question here but just making sure i have the right solution.

    I'm currently running and imac, mac mini with lacie external 500gb harddrive, mac book and iphone 3g.

    However im running out of storage space, mainly for the imac. Is there a way of adding extra storage to the imac (external 1tb hard drive i assume any sugesstions) then using this as a central storage device for all the macs to be able to access wirelessly, therefore i can free up space on the individual machines.

    Also would like to backup my files and is there a way of accessing them remotely, say if im on my laptop at a meeting and need to get a file from the computer at home etc?

    thanks in advance



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    Hi, if your Macs are running Leopard 10.5 you can use Time Machine with the Backup Solution from Apple called Time Capsule (Wifi router with a built-in Hard Disk).

    In case you've got an Airport Extreme Base Station, you just need to update its Firmware to 7.3.1 and you'll be able to do the very same thing as Time Capsule by plugging an USB Hard Disk on it.

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    If you don't have the latest APextreme and you just want to share/store files on your network, just add a hard drive to the imac and set up the built in sharing. The folder or drive will be seen by all of your systems. Theres no need to buy additional hardware like timecapsule (which includes wifi) other than the firewire or usb drive to pull that off. Just go to the built in OS help and look for file sharing.

    Setting up something for remote access by your laptop in the field needs an added step and what helps that out is making sure you have a static IP coming into your home network. The easiest way (well, it takes configuring) is to set up an ftp server.
    Check out http://jeanmatthieu.free.fr/pureftpd/ to make it happen on one of the macs.

    Other options are to buy a NAS with ftp capabilities. That way you get to store files on a separate drive and when one computer is accessing the files, other computers aren't bogged down by being the host. That's what timecapsule would do but without wifi and with the added feature of ftp serving.

    My favorite is an old Snap server 2000. It can be found on ebay rather cheap, can take hard drive upgrades, have 2 drives inside for a mirrored raid, works with all versions of MacOS and windows before Vista, and can function as the ftp server for remote access by your laptop. There's a well supported forum at www.procooling.com. It's not the fastest puppy out there, but the low cost is great for storage. Make sure it's running SnapOS 4.0.860. The 2000/4000 models have the OS written to a chip which means a drive replacement is just a drop in. The 2200/4100 models have the OS on the hard drives so make sure you don't get a unit that doesn't have working drives.

    There are other NAS systems out there. Google will help you make sure they have adequate Mac client support as well as remote ftp capabilities.

    If you aren't up to learning about ftp setups and various network protocols for that remote access when you are traveling, just get a drive for the imac and set up sharing on your local network.

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    Well, you can simply connect the HD to the iMac and goto Preferences --> Sharing and Turn ON password-protected sharing and select External HD as sharing root drive.

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