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

    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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