how to network an external hard drive

  markcomp 09:30 20 Jan 2009

I have a WD ex hard drive that i can connect via USB
However this means that I have to connect individually to each PC to backup files.
I have 3 Pcs in a network using a Linksys WRTG54Gs wireless / cable router.
Is it possible to set it up so that it is effectively part of the network and can be used to backup without connecting to each PC every time??

  Tech Guy 10:41 20 Jan 2009

Of course there is, but you'd have to purchase a piece of equipment.

Try Maplins:

click here

Second item from the bottom for example

Or look at there network hardrive encloses, where you just take the hard drive out of your enclosure and fit into the network one.

  LAPTOPBABE 16:25 31 Jan 2009

I would like to advise the network adapter you are advising this chap to buy is only compatible with fat32 external drives and those less than 200gb, so in this day and age its not much good, I was going to get one till i found out this info. Anyone know of one any better?

  Tech Guy 11:27 02 Feb 2009

I was not advising this chap to buy anything but it only as an "example", to show there are products out there that could meet his needs.

I have found in past experience NOT to recommend any product.

For sharing external drives through a network I would really only recommend Network-attached storage (NAS).

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