View Full Version : G4 Powerbook as a Server?

02-10-2005, 05:22 PM
I have a Mac consultant setting up some remote access capabilities as well as establishing a server for mail and file storage, I'm a digital photographer.

The consultant suggested that I get either a used or refurbed G4 tower to be the physical server. I suggested that my backup 400 Mhz TiBook that no longer goes out into the field might be a better (cheaper) choice.

Consultant says that 24/7 operation of the TiBook will cook it in no time. I told him that the thing has been on for almost four months without a restart or shutdown running iTunes the whole time. I'm the sole user so it's not like the thing will be running like an Amazon.com e-commerce server.

The conflict here is that I don't want to spend on a new box and the consultant doesn't want me calling him on a weekend crying that my network is toast.

Who's right? Will a 400 Mhz work as server or not?

Stephen Kennedy

02-13-2005, 11:13 AM
Hello stickinc,

what OS should it be running on?

Well, those PowerBook ATA drives are not made for 24/7 use.
You can connect an external FireWire drive, like the FIREVue (http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/firewire/firevuecasesystem.php) with a new, faster ATA Hard Drive (http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/ata/atadrives.php).

I had an 600MHz iBook and running it 24/7 would be a bad idea.
Your PowerBook should be alot better but, I never had one.

An used B&W with a new SCSI hard drive (http://www.macgurus.com/productpages/scsi/seagatescsidrives.php) like the ST336607LW would be the better server I think.