Remote access to external hard drive

November 3, 2010 at 03:09:17
Specs: Windows 7, P4, 2.8Ghz/640MB
Hello,

I have a Dlink router to which a 2TB external HD is now connected via USB 2.0 port. The HD is shared as a networked drive for my entire home network to share.
I was wondering if I could access it remotely without the need of a desktop computer to be powered on to do so.

I know this much:
1. The router doesn't have a built-in FTP server.
2. The router supports the Samba protocol which is used as a file and/or printer server.
3. I already know how to RDP my computer and it's working great.

Accessing my external HD from my computer via RDP is quite good enough, but if you know whether it's possible to access it remotely without having this whole "computer-on" dependency, that would be great.

I thank you personally for every comment

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#1
November 3, 2010 at 05:51:17
A disk drive must be connected to a computer or something equal to it. This may be surprising but hard drives in themselves know nothing of files or folders but only disk blocks. Files and folders are constructed of disk blocks that contain specific information that describe them. It takes a computer, operating system, and file system to properly interpret them.

You could use an NAS (network attached storage) device but these are essentially just special purpose computers. Since you already have a desktop computer running a modern OS there is little point in this.


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#2
November 3, 2010 at 18:35:50
1 - Is the USB port for a storage device?
2 - Is the size of the drive within limits?

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#3
November 7, 2010 at 07:03:00
Hello.

I am so sorry for this late response. Some things kept me busy.
Anyhow, I really think it's only possible to first remotely connect to my desktop computer and from there to gain access to the external hardrive.

I also thought it would be possible to just bring about an old desktop computer and configure it as an FTP server.

@wizard-fred
1 - Is the USB port for a storage device?
Yes. The USB port is for storage device (based on Samba protocol).
2 - Is the size of the drive within limits?
Yes. It is a 2TB qouta and the router can support it. (NTFS).

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.


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