Solved Can an external hard drive be connected to two computers?

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February 18, 2018 at 11:42:10
Specs: Windows 10, Core i5/4Gb
I want to buy a large-capacity external hard drive. Can one drive be connected to two computers via USB ports?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#1
February 18, 2018 at 14:26:03
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#2
February 18, 2018 at 14:58:11
If you have a network between the two computers, then it's pretty easy.

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#3
February 18, 2018 at 18:45:29
If you have a home network, check if your router has a USB and if this can be shared on your network.

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#4
February 19, 2018 at 00:10:36
You may be better served by buying a NAS rather than a USB drive. That way you will be able to access it from either cmputer without having to have the other one running. As mentioned in #3, a home router can often be used as a simple NAS - but, in my experience - they can give very poor performance.

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#5
February 19, 2018 at 18:03:13
Johnw,

Thank you for your response. I will try the “sharing” approach.

Brian W


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#6
February 19, 2018 at 18:05:40
T-R_A,

Thank you for your suggestions. I will try the “sharing” approach.

Brian W


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#7
February 19, 2018 at 18:07:11
sluc,

According to my router provider, I can not use the router as you suggested. Thank you for your suggestion.

Brian W


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#8
February 19, 2018 at 18:09:35
ijack,

I will try the “sharing” approach; if unsuccessful, I will purchase a NAS device.

Thank you for your suggestion.

Brian W


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#9
February 20, 2018 at 01:03:33
Doesnt windows 10 have a build in feature to share some of your drive the known computers on the home-network.

This is what i found in 5seconds about it:

Step 1: Try running Shared Folders troubleshooter and check.
Refer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Step 2: Try giving permissions to the specific user through which you are trying to access those files or folders.
Refer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Step 3: You may also try Advanced sharing and check.

Refer the article provided in step 1 and the below article.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

You may also try Advanced sharing and check.

Access files and printers on other homegroup computers
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...
Thanks and Regards
Umesh P - Microsoft Support.

(https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/how-do-i-share-a-second-hard-drive-with/c4ce6c36-1679-4ac4-abeb-fefcd97a072d)

I tried this myself tho, when i was younger & found it very difficult to configure correctly. thus ending up making a ftp server in the router which at the time supported that.

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