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    Hi,

    Basically the main issue that I am having is synchronising all my media from my Mac at home to my PC in my car.

    For some reason I can't access the PC partition from my mac, even after changing all the permissions.
    So my way round it at the moment I am unplugging the PC and plugging it into a spare PSU at home. There are however many wires and can take a bit of time. Because of this, I don't synchronise often.

    What I would maybe like, is to maybe make a dock where I can literally pull out the Motherboard with CPU and Hard Drive and have something similar at home.

    Has anyone done anything like this? How easy is it to do? Are there any other methods available.

    I was thinking something along the line of Mac Mini with dock (just without getting a Mac Mini).

    Thanks
    JM
    Car: Ford Focus
    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

  • #2
    I think it would be much easier/nicer to figure out the wifi problems, and sync that way...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by CraziFuzzy View Post
      I think it would be much easier/nicer to figure out the wifi problems, and sync that way...
      sorry, I should have explained more.

      When I said I can't access the Windows partition, it wasn't via wifi, it was actually plugging the hard drive into the Mac.

      I don't want to go down the Wi-Fi synchronisation route as this would require me to leave my car running parked outside my house for long periods of time whilst I synchronise maybe up to 50GB of data at a time.

      Another reason for me going for the dock idea is because I am forever tweaking my car install with various addons and such, and in my environment it is simply easier to work indoors.
      Car: Ford Focus
      Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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      • #4
        You are MOVING 50GB of data routinely? Once synced, it only has to actually move the changes. It's not like it has to copy your entire library every day. The car should be able to do most syncs on battery (shouldn't take THAT long), no reason to leave the car running...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by CraziFuzzy View Post
          You are MOVING 50GB of data routinely? Once synced, it only has to actually move the changes. It's not like it has to copy your entire library every day. The car should be able to do most syncs on battery (shouldn't take THAT long), no reason to leave the car running...
          I am familiar with synchronising. I did say 'up to', I just like my music to be high quality (lossless) and I like my TV shows and my carPC acts kind off as a backup as well.

          Network synchronisation is also quite slow, even going to my Time Capsule, my cars battery is not good enough to be on for more than 30 minutes. I could do with a better battery, but I don't want to spend anymore than I already have on my car (I don't think it's got much more life in it).

          And as I did mention, I also do my tweaking inside.
          Car: Ford Focus
          Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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          • #6
            What about an esata external HD? Does your carpc have esata? Fast and easy.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
              What about an esata external HD? Does your carpc have esata? Fast and easy.
              Naa, it doesn't. I could use an 2.5" hdd, but I would much prefer some sort of dock idea.
              Car: Ford Focus
              Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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