We are using a Lacie external USB 2 hard drive to hold all the sites and graphics. The problem is the drive is connected to the primary Mac and to access it the other computers have to log into the machine to get to it. Is there some kind of part that will split a USB port into two ports so two machines can share a drive? Is this possible?
Security is not the issue. What I am trying to do is spilt the upstream from the external drive. That way it plugs into two machines. The main problem is when I need to run a diagnostic on or restart the main computer it cuts off the connection to the other machine. The external dirve is plugged in to the main computer.
Ok, here goes.. If the external drive is connected to the comp 1, and comp two needs to access the drive comp two has to connect to comp 1 to get to the drive. Not a big deal when "launch at startup". Here is the problem. Comp 1 crashes and comp 2 has been working with a file on the external drive for an hour. Comp 2 can't save and looses the file becuase comp 1 crashed and the line was severed... Getting the problem now. I am trying to save myself the expence of a file server by splitting the external drive.