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Networking External HD's without connection to a base computer....

By toddy89
Jul 3, 2006
  1. Hi everyone...

    I know this is probably a very ignorant question of me, but i wanted to know if it it at all possible to, for example;

    take an External HardDrive (only), and either wired or wireless connect it to a home network such as the one I am running, (Belkin wireless).... The purpose is basically to have a network HD that can be used for multimedia to free up drive space on all networked laptops/pc's.
    Are there any purpose built networkable External drives avaliable, or is there a way to get this on a home network efficiently???

    (All without having to connect the HardDisk to a computer via USB/Firewire for example too!!!)

    Hope im not sounding like to much of an *****, the idea just sprang to mind recently.

    Thanks,

    Toddy
     
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

  3. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

  4. toddy89

    toddy89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 46

    fantastic fastco, thanks very much, at least theres something in the line. Is it just me or would it be a very valuable addition to a home network especially a multimedia advanced home :p!!!!

    thanks, toddy
     
  5. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    It's a great idea and I think by using the instructions on the Microsoft page you could do it now with a USB Hard Drive and the D-Link router.
     
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,201   +422

    Sounds like what you're really looking for is NAS (Network Attached Storage).

    Take a look at this page on Newegg and see if these fall in line with what you're looking for.
    http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Category.asp?Category=24

    Some devices like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833124036 (located on the same page as the first link) will allow you to connect storage you already have to your network. BTW - that device is very easy to modify from everything I've read. You can even create your own services to run on it if you're a bit linux savvy.
     
  7. toddy89

    toddy89 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 46

    hmmm LNCpapa, i think your right, that hub looks like it'd do the job... (wonders how much shipping to uk'll be :confused:!!)
    anyway, sounds good to me- and i suppose theoretically that thing'll support twice as much as the largest External HDD will allow seeing as theres 2 USB ports...

    thanks!!!

    :)
     
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