External HDD for two computers

June 5, 2009 at 06:41:04
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.2 GHz / 2046 MB
Have a desktop and a laptop and want to use
an external SATA HDD. The housing for the
external SATA HDD has a SATA and a USB
slot. Is it possible to use the SATA slot on the
desktop and at the SAME
TIME
use the USB slot for the laptop
? What are the dangers to do this ?

Thank you for answering


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#1
June 5, 2009 at 09:18:48
I may be wrong but if you are using the drive just for storage and it is connected to just one computer at a time then I don't see a problem. No os on it......just files

The hard drive wouldn't be any different than a floppy or cd.


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#2
June 5, 2009 at 09:22:33
Good question that I am not sure anyone here is qualified to answer.

I suggest you ask the manufacturer. Most have forums and help sites or toll free phone lines. FAQs on their site may yield the answer too. My gut feeling is that it won't work.


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#3
June 6, 2009 at 01:51:12
An easy way to corrupt the data on the drive. Unless the drive enclosure has an independent operating system, there is no way the drive can handle data written by two computers.

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#4
June 6, 2009 at 03:41:17
There is no way you can stimulate external SATA HDD to function like a network-attached storage (NAS) drive. A NAS drive is the only kind (as of now) that enables stimultaneous data access by two or more heterogeneous network clients.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
June 6, 2009 at 06:27:07
XpUser,

Not disagreeing with you, just trying to get a better understanding.

It will not work connected to two computers at one time?
Seems logical.

It will not work connected to one computer and then allow gaining access through a network from a second computer?

So it would have to be setup as a network storage drive?

Was going to try this myself just for fun, but before I go in and screw up my working network... I thought I better get more thoughts.


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#6
June 6, 2009 at 06:46:37
My question was can I link the two computers to the external HDD without having to switch cables everytime I start using the other computer.

Said differently, will any damage arise to the hardware or to my softwares or to my files when I have both computers linked to the external HDD and both computers running ?


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#7
June 6, 2009 at 07:07:29
Worldlibrary - the info I had was quoted in part from
this wikipedia article.

willem1933 - the answer to your first question is ... NO I am afraid not. And the answer to your second question is - anything can happen software-wise and hardware-wise if you try to do what it wasn't designed to do. You are free to iignore my opinion and try it on your own risk.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#8
June 6, 2009 at 07:59:49
You CAN map an external drive that is connected to a running computer and write to it, assuming you have permission.

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