Recently I decided I would connect my external hard-drive to a PC in my house so that I could access my music over the network as opposed to connecting it to my Macbook everytime I wanted to access music or movies. Lucky for me it’s incredibly easy to share files over the network between Windows and OS X:
- Enable Windows Sharing on the Mac Apple > System Preferences > Sharing > Check Windows Sharing
- Share a folder or a drive in Windows by right clicking > Properties > Sharing > Check Share Folder
- On the Mac, open up Finder and click on Go > Connect to Server…
- Enter smb://<your windows pc hostname>
- Now you can connect to any shared folder on your Windows machine, but how do we make sure it stays mounted? Simply go to Apple > System Preferences > Accounts > Logon Items > Add the shared volume
That was painless. For all tech readers this isn’t because Mac’s rule, its because of the Samba protocol which enables you to network different operating systems. Samba is now a part of Apple, but lets not forget its open-source roots.