External USB HDD into Router via Adapter?

By dgower2
Feb 9, 2008
  1. I have an external USB HDD plugged into PC 1; I have Router. So PC 2 can see the external HDD, while PC 1 is off, I was wondering if I got a USB-RJ45 adapter and plugged the HDD into my router, would it show as a network drive?

    I'm guessing it will not since there's nothing in the external HDD to maintain an IP or MAC address, but wanted to throw the idea out there.

    I know about NAS, but an adapter is much cheaper.


  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    As you already said, an adapter cannot do this. There are NAS devices out there that don't have internal hard drives at all and only share USB (and printers). Or, get a NAS box that comes without hard drives and supports USB.

    A USB switch would work too - you can switch the USB device between two computers. Just take care not to switch over without "safely removing" the disk.
  3. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 238

    Thanks for the response!
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