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Old 21st July 2007, 12:47 AM   #511
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Thanks Jason,

so you don't see any problem with the mere 350 Mhz processor? Just sending the data out the port isn't much of a load I guess.. It just occured to me that if it can play a CD, it can do the job, right?
I have a clever guy who has the latest OSX running on the iMac, and it's 450 Mhz, and compact so that's probably the way to go...

My biggest of the big question was whether USB 1.1 was fast enough, and that's been answered. Another question is whether the iMac could handle anexternal USB hard drive AND sent the data out the USB. If it's a single shared USB 1.1, maybe not..... My foolproof plan is to get a Firewire/USB external drive, and run the HD off the Firewire..
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Variac,

How about http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...s=19&c=us&l=en

then your external hard drive could be off the usb bus...
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Old 21st July 2007, 01:29 AM   #513
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Very good suggestion. It seems that the networked disk is the coming thing. I have a network with 8 nodes already, some wireless, some not, so it would work for sure. Having the USB means it would still be easy to take to parties.
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Variac,

How about http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...s=19&c=us&l=en

then your external hard drive could be off the usb bus...
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Very good suggestion. It seems that the networked disk is the coming thing. I have a network with 8 nodes already, some wireless, some not, so it would work for sure. Having the USB means it would still be easy to take to parties.

You could use the imac for your audio server, just remove all the stuff you will never use. Stuff it full of ram and she would be set to go
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You could use the imac for your audio server, just remove all the stuff you will never use. Stuff it full of ram and she would be set to go

It was just an example of what I thought would be nice - and easily solve the issue. I wasn't really interested in price shopping.

Have fun dragging the imac to parties.
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Old 21st July 2007, 02:57 AM   #516
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Another question is whether the iMac could handle anexternal USB hard drive AND sent the data out the USB. If it's a single shared USB 1.1, maybe not.....
Mark,

Anyone with a Mac & Firewire who gets a USB drive is short-changing themselves. I got a couple of these little MacAlley cases & put a 2 1/2" drive in... fits in your pocket (& with a new enuff machine you can install an OS & run off it -- very convienient for on the road or if you have multiple machines)

(they also make one -- as do quite few others -- for 3.5" drives)

dave

PS; i tried the USB once and gave up on that
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Very good suggestion. It seems that the networked disk is the coming thing. I have a network with 8 nodes already, some wireless, some not, so it would work for sure.
The problem with the NAS -- at least mine (a 250 GB Acer) -- is that they typically run a version of Linux and invariably when i try to back a folder up to it. it complains about file names being too long and won't copy a thing. So to back up i have to Zip the folder with a short name & copy that. Very inconvienient.

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Old 21st July 2007, 03:05 AM   #518
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Sorry to have been a bit off topic, but I suspect lots of people will snap up that USB module to use with a music server so it will be useful to discuss this. In my case I have the computer and I have a decent amount of RAM in it, so I will probably use it as the server, BUT there are some problems- The existing hard drive isn't big enough for lossless files, and my buddy who put the OS on it is out of town, and it is tricky to install the system on the old machines. So, the networked disk or and external disk could be a very good solution to mention also. By discussing it we have now found out about the naming thing, so that is valuable also...

Yes Dave, it really isn't much more expensive to get an external box with both Firewire and USB. Then most bases are covered. My son is perfectly happy with a USB2 connection to his external drive from his PC running iTunes. He has no problems and it is plenty fast, and it will work with comps w/o Firewire.

Certainly given the choice between USB1 and Firewire as with my old Macs - you are right-the Firewire would be the way to go!
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The problem with the NAS -- at least mine (a 250 GB Acer) -- is that they typically run a version of Linux and invariably when i try to back a folder up to it. it complains about file names being too long and won't copy a thing. So to back up i have to Zip the folder with a short name & copy that. Very inconvienient.

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Why would you buy the Acer Nas drive when you are all about Lacie ? You know and i know that Lacie would be a better product. They do make Nas boxes..
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Why would you buy the Acer Nas drive when you are all about Lacie ?
The 1st LaCie NAS we got was a POS. And the LaCie doesn't double as a wireless router/hub.

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