Connect harddrive via ethernet

April 19, 2010 at 07:27:01
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3 GHz / 3582 MB

Hi,

I have an SATA harddrive which contains family pictures and videos. i have 4 computers at home in 4 different rooms all connected to a network via a switch. Currently this harddrive is connected to my computer and is shared to the rest of the users.

The problem is the 'family pc' is in the living room downstairs and any new pictures of videos are taken to that machine and uploaded into the machine. What i ideally want is somehow to give access to that harddrive to everyone and not having it dependant on my pc being on.

in other words is it possible to connect this harddrive via an ethernet connection into my router or switch so that it can be accessed by all computers without having it installed into my machine?

i want the harddrive to be totally indipentant, of course i understand i will have to power it so can buy a hard drive enclosure if neccessary.

i hope i have explained myself clearly! by the way, i know some of you might suggest we not being lazy and walking upsures however some family members are unable to walk the stairs and i really do not trust the hd being anywhere but my room.

Any advice will be great. Thanks.


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#1
April 19, 2010 at 08:53:39

To connect the external hard drive to the network would require it having a network interface. If it's a typical external HDD then it won't.

With it connected as it is, you should be able to share it on your LAN (local area network) and give everybody access to it. This would allow you to store files/images on it from any other computer in the house.

If you want an "independent" external HDD that's network capable you're going to have to look at getting an enclosure for it, or better yet, purchasing a small NAS device that is RAID capable.


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#2
April 19, 2010 at 10:00:44

You may want a device like the kind listed at www.newegg.com (under external hard drives with ethernet connectivity).


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