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    Hi I have a Mac Pro Tower Power PC mac. It is in excellent condition and runs the most advance OS it can (Leopard).

    Sadly this machine is now pretty useless as

    Is there a way to plug this into my mac mini and use it as an extra processor/ram source?

    My mind might be playing Sci-Fi on me here but knowing how cool and advance mac is I thought I'd ask as it seems like the thing they would offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post
    Hi I have a Mac Pro Tower Power PC mac. It is in excellent condition and runs the most advance OS it can (Leopard).

    Sadly this machine is now pretty useless as

    Is there a way to plug this into my mac mini and use it as an extra processor/ram source?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post
    Hi I have a Mac Pro Tower Power PC mac.
    I have no idea whatsoever what this might be.

    I'm guessing he means a Power Mac of some vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post
    Hi I have a Mac Pro Tower Power PC mac.
    Pretty confused here as well. Along the lines of what "chas m" mentioned...my guess is a Powermac G5 of some sort.

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    Yeah sorry was typing a bit to fast and didn't review!

    Yeah is a power mac (aluminum tower case etc) the last one before they changed to intel :-(
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    Could I connect to it and use it as a harddrive resource? Kinda like a server but a nice place to store my harddrives?

    I like the look of the computer too much to throw away but don't want a perfectly good computer sitting redundant! So desperate to try and find a use for it!

    I do a lot of media work so thought it might be good to store old files on to it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post
    Could I connect to it and use it as a harddrive resource? Kinda like a server but a nice place to store my harddrives?
    Yes. You could even turn it into a RAID tower if you wanted.

    I do a lot of media work so thought it might be good to store old files on to it....
    It would make an excellent file or font server.

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    AH HA! Here we got Thank you Chas_m! This is what I like to hear...options! :-)

    What would I need to do to do this... can you point me anywhere or post a link... or if it's easy inform me on here?

    Many thanks!
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    I'm not an expert in this area, but as far as I know you wouldn't require anything special -- almost all the tools are built right into the OS.

    You can configure a RAID via Disk Utility, and file or printer sharing is turned on in System Preferences. That unit has gigabit Ethernet on board so you just plug it into a router or switch and there ya go. For extra fun, you can turn on some services (like FTP) via the command line, or scout out a used copy of Leopard Server for a more graphical way to handle that and other server tasks.

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    Thanks! That sounds really helpful and cool! Going to look into over the weekend!

    :-)
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