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jerni

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I'm looking to get a new external harddrive. I have a WD portable that I store media on and another WD portable that I do Time Machine on. Well the other day I dropped my media drive and now it's been damaged and is "read-only". And my time machine harddrive has a lose plug or cable that sometimes improperly ejects.

The question is what direction should I go time capsule or is there another brand that someone recommends? I want to be able to back up 2 MacBooks and have wireless access to the files on my PS3 or 360.
 

iphonewarrior

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Networking? I'm confused, do you want a HD that will appear on your network; visible to all computers on said network?
 

RoofMonkey

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You should be able to share the drive on your network without any problems. I just got a new net gear router that has a USB port to hook up a shared drive too. So that could be another option for you.
 

iphonewarrior

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That's one thing I wish my router had :(

I use my servers HD as a network drive for FTP/smb etc. Does the job but it'd still be nice to have a true network drive.
 

iP5

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I've used a NAS at home for years. Get centralized/RAID peace of mind without running 400+ Watts 24/7. :)

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yes. My husband currently doesn't backup so I'm trying to find the easiest way for us to both do that
Well first make sure the NAS is Time Machine compatible.

While you can store other data on a TM drive I wouldn't do it. I would rather decide how much to allocate to TM and create a partition of that size dedicated to TM. You can make more than one if using more than one mac.



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jerni

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Well first make sure the NAS is Time Machine compatible.

While you can store other data on a TM drive I wouldn't do it. I would rather decide how much to allocate to TM and create a partition of that size dedicated to TM. You can make more than one if using more than one mac.



Michael
What's NAS? so the thing about the Time Capsule is it doubles as router?
 

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I recently purchased a MacBook, and have an existing PC, router and WD Network HDD. I cannot see this Network drive on the Mac? I loaded VMWare and Windows, and can see the drive through Windows. How can I use this directly from the Mac, or do I need to get a separate drive that is Mac specific?
 

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I recently purchased a MacBook, and have an existing PC, router and WD Network HDD. I cannot see this Network drive on the Mac? I loaded VMWare and Windows, and can see the drive through Windows. How can I use this directly from the Mac, or do I need to get a separate drive that is Mac specific?
Been a while since I've used a Mac but I think you have to have Windows Shares or Samba Shares support enabled. I think it's in SYSTEM | PREFERENCES | NETWORKING. Someone with a Mac please correct me.