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networking with external hard drive

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brwneyes Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Apr 23, 2007 10:47 AM
Hi,

I am looking to purchase a MacBook in the near future. I currently have an external hard drive hooked up to my iMac through USB. I also have the Airport Extreme base for my internet connection (and I'm connecting wirelessly with the iMac).

My questions are, if I get a MacBook, will I be able to connect to that external hard drive that is connected to the iMac? If so, can anyone give me tips or advice on how I would get that to work? Would I need to plug the USB in to the Airport Extreme Base instead of the iMac?

If anyone can help with this, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm trying to do all the research I can before I buy.

Thank you.
iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Apr 23, 2007 11:43 AM (in response to brwneyes)
    If you leave the drive connected to your iMac, you can use SharePoints to make it visible to the MacBook.

    Do you have the new square 802.11b/g/n AirPort Extreme base station (AEBS)?



    This is the ONLY AEBS which supports USB hard drives. If you have one of these square AEBS then you could connect the USB drive to the AEBS.
    iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz [1.5GB-60 GB], iMac G5 20 1.8 GHz [2 GB-160 GB], Mac OS X (10.4.9), iBook 466 SE Graphite [DVD-576M-40 GB-AirPort],iMac G4 700/768, iPod Photo 30 GB
  • Michael Lindley Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2007 8:30 AM (in response to brwneyes)
    My experience has been that you can see any drive connected to the iMac via USB or FireWire on a wireless network. I have two drives connected to my G4 Flat Panel via FireWire and they show up fine. It has been my experience that connection via USB or FireWire doesn't make the drive more or less visible.
    1 MacBook Pro, 1 MacBook, 2 iMacs, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Apr 24, 2007 8:43 AM (in response to Michael Lindley)
    You were probably using an account with admin privileges. Accounts with admin privileges can see all external drives on the machine.

    Non-admin accounts only see the Public folders.

    SharePoints allows non-admin accounts to see the same external drives which are visible to admin accounts.
    iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz [1.5GB-60 GB], iMac G5 20 1.8 GHz [2 GB-160 GB], Mac OS X (10.4.9), iBook 466 SE Graphite [DVD-576M-40 GB-AirPort],iMac G4 700/768, iPod Photo 30 GB
  • dvb Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 15, 2007 9:11 AM (in response to Duane)
    i have internal and firewire hard drives connected to my desktop g5.
    i have a linksys router cabled to the g5, which allows me to connect with my macbook pro wirelessly (internal airport card).
    my network connection, internet, etc all seem to work fine.
    i can see all my g5 drives and can open everything from any drive. i can often save changes to a file opened from the boot drive of the user i'm signed in as (over the network). i can usually only open files from the other drives, but get the insufficient privilege error trying to save any changes--even confirming everyone should have read/write privileges.

    my problem summarize:
    i can't save anything from my macbook to any other networked drive, receiving an error that i don't have sufficient privileges.

    what i've tried:
    made sure all drives/folders etc are read/write, and even tried "ignore permissions."
    tried sharepoints, but it doesn't seem to add anything.
    apple support says they don't support this, except to the individual user i'm signing in as. i can't reliably save to that user either.

    any suggestions?
    -db

    powermac g5, macbook pro intel core2duo   Mac OS X (10.4.10)  
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
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    Jul 16, 2007 11:34 AM (in response to dvb)
    Using your Mac as a base station complicates things. Since I haven't done this for years I can't help you out with that. Let me say that you have no options so you can only do what you can do.

    The solution is to get an inexpensive wireless router instead of using your Mac.
    iBook G4 14" 1.42 GHz [1.5GB-60 GB], iMac G5 20 1.8 GHz [2 GB-160 GB], Mac OS X (10.4.10), iBook 466 SE Graphite [DVD-576M-40 GB-AirPort],iMac G4 700/768, iPod Photo 30 GB

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