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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:59 am 
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I would like to have a hard drive to store my photos which is accessible from my iMac and MacBook Pro and possibly the crappy Windows laptop we have. I would like to be able to save photos to the hard drive and edit from there rather than storing local copies on each computer.

What would be the easiest way to achieve this?

For info: my iMac is left switched on all the time as it stores my iTunes library which is accessed by the two Apple TVs in the house so I assume the hard drive could/would be attached to that.

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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:25 am 
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To my mind, the simplest would be a USB drive (formatted Ex-FAT) that you could move between machines, or maybe network by attaching to a router (some routers can, others can't). The slickest would be a NAS but then budgets can be an influence. Or an old PC/Mac re-purposed as a server.


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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:56 pm 
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Agreed: search the term "NAS" - Network Attached Storage - it is exactly what you're after.

You may find you can also attach a hard drive to your router (by USB), and it will provide the same function you require.

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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:14 pm 
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Just be aware, if you use NAS, you should not use Apple's "iPhoto" or "Photos" to manage/edit your photos. To use those programs, you must use a locally connected Mac-formatted disk. Many try NAS (using a Mac-formatted sparse image on the NAS seems to work, but...), but it will eventually bite back with lost/corrupt photos.


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