Solved usb hard drive attached to a sonicwall firewall

January 23, 2013 at 08:47:36
Specs: Windows 7 64b, P4- 2.8 ghz 22 gb
I am wondering about a Sonicwall firewall device.
We have a TZ215 and I want to attach a USB 3TB hard drive to the Sonicwall and set it up so that our End User can back up their PC to the hard drive.

Each user would be given a share on the usb hard drive and would also be given instructions on how to back up their computer.

When I plug the USB hard drive into the Sonicwall device and login to the Sonicwall, I do not see the USB hard drive anywhere.

I do not know what I am doing wrong.

Is this even possible to connect a USB external hard drive into the Sonicwall and map each end user to it and create a share for them to back up their pc to??

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January 23, 2013 at 10:49:30
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The SonicWall unit should already have a hard drive inside it for access over a network. Use that for each of your end-users. The USB port on the SonicWall is not for attaching an external hard drive, it's for a backup wireless device such as a 3G dongle as supplied by cellphone network providers, in case your regular broadband service is down.

SonicWall is not detecting your hard drive because it's not a valid device.

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January 23, 2013 at 10:55:17
awesome... thank you.

where will I see the hard drive when I am logged onto the sonicwall??
all I do to login to the sonicwall is open a browser, type in the ip address of the sonicwall and type in my username and password.

On the left hand side there are a number of selections... where do I see the hard drive??
How do I assign shares or access to it to the end user??

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January 23, 2013 at 12:05:18
I have owned a number of Sonicwall firewall appliances and none of them have hard drives nor would you ever want them to. The firewall is your first line of defense.

This is not to be confused with their line of backup appliances that do have hard drives.

anhe01 you want a NAS server.

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