View Full Version : Hard drives to back up diffent Macs

04-05-2001, 09:58 PM
I would like to back up all of these
> computers that have different specs and then rearrange them in an Ethernet
> network and hopefully use the hard drive for future back up or other use.
> I have a G3 300 desktop PowerMac, 128 MB RAM running 8.1,
> an iMac Bondi 233 MHz, 96 MB RAM running 9.0,
> an IMac DV 400 MHZ running OS 9.1, Classic and OS X with 128 RAM
> a 7200/120 PowerMac running 8.1
> a server which is only a regular G4 400 MHz running 9.0.4 with 128 RAM.
> Since the G3 does not have Firewire or USB co I get a Firewire hard drive
> with a cable adaptor for the SCSI in the back of the G3 or is there another
> way of doing this since I have 3 different possible configurations, USB,
> Firewire and whatever it is in the back of the G3.
> I guess the question is: is there one drive that I could buy to satify all of
> the configurations. Hopefully the drive is one that I can use now and keep
> for later Macintoshes. Thanx in advance.

04-05-2001, 11:44 PM
I wouldn't mess with adapters if you can avoid it.

A FireWire drive would be easiest, and affordable.

you will need to backup some of these Macs across the network, though....since all these machines have ethernet, get yourself a 10/100BT hub and some CAT5 patch cables at your local geek boutique and get the machines to see one another. Once you have done this, get a FireWire drive (http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/showrampage.cgi?ezquest.html) and plug it into your iMac DV. Mount all the drives on the other machines on the desktop using AppleShare, and drag them onto your FireWire drive icon.


it will take awhile, as 10BT ain't that fast....but it will be much cheaper than installing FireWire cards in your beige G3 and your 7200 (will they even work in the 7200?)....and you won't have to worry about the fact that your original iMac 233 lacks FireWire.