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Accessing backup drives via backup MBP:  do I need OS  X server?

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Jun 10, 2013 6:24 PM

I've got more than a TB of mostly iPhoto libraries and image files on several redundant backup drives (set up as mirrored RAID sets).  I'd like to access those more efficiently than connecting them one by one to my primary MacBook Pro as needed, and I have a spare (late 2006) MBP running 10.6.8.


Access to them from the confines of my home airport network is adequate--I have no real need to have them available via the internet. 


For this use, should I set up the laptop to run OS X server, or can I just share access to the drives via Finder without invoking a full-fledged server?  And if I need the server functions, can I get a version of OS X server that is compatible with 10.6.8 from Apple, or do I need to go eBaying?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)

    Yes, you can access remote file shares without having OS X Server.  With OS X client, see the Sharing pane in System Preferences.  It's also possible to use Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, such as Time Capsule or any of various devices from other vendors.


    Here is how to relocate the iPhoto library. 


    FWIW, I personally wouldn't put my iPhoto library on a share, though, as WiFi is pretty slow, and can be slightly flaky.


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