Shared media and backup for 3 macbooks
February 26, 2012 3:00 PM Subscribe
In my house, we have three macbooks and one external hard drive full of media. Please help me figure out a system for sharing the hard drive, setting up a media server, and wireless backup.
posted by Nickel to computers & internet (9 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Right now we have 3 macbooks and an external hard drive full of pictures, videos, and music. Possibly also relevant: We have a non-networked HDTV (that we currently plug said external hard drive into via USB to watch movies) and an AppleTV (but this gets very little use as few of our files are in .mp4 format).
I want (Necessary):
1. All 3 macbooks to have wireless access to a shared external hard drive.
2. All 3 macbooks wirelessly and automagically backed up.
3. The external hard drive backed up.
I would REALLY like (I could live without it, but it is important to me):
4. Ability to keep the media hard drive plugged into my TV using the USB
I would like (Not necessary, but would be nice):
5. itunes where the music is so that it can be a media server
6. UPnP so that I can steam music to networked players (I don't actually have any networked players now so this is just planning for the future)
What I've considered:
A. Time Capsule - Probably the easiest for 1 and 2, but won't do 3, 4, 5, or 6.
B. Networked hard drive connected to TV (and use Time Machine to back up the macbooks onto it as well) - Meets 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. But how to back up the media files that are only on the networked hard drive? (Crashplan?)
C. Networked hard drive connected to TV plus Time Capsule (same as above but with macbooks backing up onto Time Capsule instead of onto the networked hard drive) - Meets 1, 2, 4, 5, 6. But how to back up the networked hard drive? (Crashplan?)
D. Mac Mini for 4, 5, 6 plus Time Capsule or Crashplan for 1, 2, 3.
E. WD TV Live for 4, 5, 6 plus Time Capsule or Crashplan for 1, 2, 3.
This is the point where I start to get confused and overwhelmed with all the options. What is the most simple option available for me? I am fine with taking the time to set everything up, but don't want to be troubleshooting or doing maintenance frequently.