[X-Newbies] Setting up a FileServer

Scott scott-xlists at scotist.com
Tue Oct 11 09:25:19 PDT 2005

On Oct 11, 2005, at 4:37 AM, Leigh Seaver wrote:

> Hi!
> I've got Panther running on an iMac DV and OS 8.6 running on an  
> older PCI PowerMac.  I've got several large hard drives in the  
> older PowerMac and it is connected through an Ethernet hub to the  
> iMac for transfer and archiving of large files, primarily iMovie  
> projects and a backup of my iTunes library.
> The problem I am having is that when I log onto the older PowerMac  
> through the iMac (via AppleTalk), the hard drives only register  
> 1.99 GB.  I cannot transfer a file larger than 1.99 GB from the  
> iMac to the PowerMac, but I can transfer several 1 GB files which  
> total greater than 1.99 GB.  (Each hard drive on the PowerMac is  
> 160 GB and are connected via at ATA/133 PCI card).  Interestingly  
> enough, I can connect from the PowerMac to the iMac and pull files  
> of any size from the iMac to the PowerMac, but only when doing this  
> from the PowerMac.  I ultimately want to run the PowerMac headless  
> as a file and backup server, so I do want to be able to move and  
> manipulate all of my files via OS X.
> Any ideas?  Any suggestions?  I can upgrade the PowerMac to OS 9 if  
> that would help, but cannot upgrade it to OS X.  I am also planning  
> on installing Timbuktu and Restrospect, but haven't done this yet.

This is a limitation of personal file sharing on OS 8 and OS 9.  
Personally, I'd consider transferring the large drives to a FW case  
on the OS X box, then, if necessary, share them from the OSX box to  
the PowerMac.

There may be 3rd party filesharing solutions that do not have a 2GB  
limit. A Mac OS 9 ftp server is one. Versiontracker lists this one  -  
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macos/13882 . I've not  
tried it.

These methods may not be as easy as a finder-mounted share, so they  
may not work for your uses.

Scott Buntin

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