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Old 05-04-2008, 05:07 AM   #1
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I currently have a desktop pc and a laptop which are linked via a wireless router. I have all my music and pictures stored on the desktop which as a result is running slow and also has to be turned on when i want to access these files. I was wanting to know the best way of adding an external hard drive into the network so the desktop wouldn't need to be turned on all the time?

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Old 05-04-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Unless you can find one that has an eithernet port on the back and says it can be connected to a network without a computer, then i don't think you can. This article will tell you how to share the drive over the network though

http://www.wikihow.com/Add-an-Extern...Router-Network

But if you only have 2 computers, why not just plug the drive into the desktop, put the music/pictures/video on it, and then connect it to the laptop?
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Old 05-04-2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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Unless you can find one that has an eithernet port on the back and says it can be connected to a network without a computer, then i don't think you can. This article will tell you how to share the drive over the network though

http://www.wikihow.com/Add-an-Extern...Router-Network

But if you only have 2 computers, why not just plug the drive into the desktop, put the music/pictures/video on it, and then connect it to the laptop?
Yea, it is possible. You need to find a hard-drive with an ethernet port, and make sure that it is compatible with your router. I've never personally done it, but I know that it is possible.
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Heres an example of what you are talking about: http://www.provantage.com/tritton-tr...0~4TRTN01J.htm

It has an 802.3u ethernet port so that way you can connect it directly to your network.
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either get an external drive with an ethernet
or a router with a usb-a connector (like mine, but its not designed for this purpose so its slow, as its usb 1.1)
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