External Expansion Drive with own power supply

By Givingitago
Apr 29, 2013
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  1. Can anybody Help Me !!

    I have set up a Server type machine on a HP Touchsmart running Vista

    I have purchased a Seagate 2TB Expansion Drive with its own power source

    I desperately want to know how this external drive can be seen by other devices on the network

    I have other external drives with their own power supply and non of them can be accessed by other computers on the network....Is there a trick to these devices!!!

    I have external hard drives with NO power supply just USB connection and I can access them from any computer on the network and any media device on the network

    I'm not very technical and would like to know if its just the type of device and I should be buying usb connected hard drives for music and movies
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    You need a router that has a USB connection. Then you can connect the external storage to the network. That is only for a USB drive though. Do you have one of those passport drives with a battery?
  3. Givingitago

    Givingitago TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a usb to ethernet converter
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Those are 2 completely different things. You cannot send data (like files) through an ethernet cable. That is only for people who have no ethernet ports on their computer and need one.

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