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External hardrive with Vista laptop and belkin wirless N rou

by bobcratchet2000 / May 26, 2008 9:18 PM PDT

Please help,

I have a Vista Laptop, an external media hardrive and belkin wirless N router. What I want to do is plug my external HD into the router so I can see the HD with my wirless laptop and for a bonus it would be nice if my PS3 could see it like it can see my laptop for accessing all my media. How do I do this if it is at all possible. I am not extremely computer savvy so please explain in child like terms (I wont be offended). I have plugged the external HD into the router with a blue cable but it doesn't show up anywhere, what do I need to do to see it and access it? Thank you for your help in advance.

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Can you tell us a bit about the hard drive?

Specifically, I have two main questions:
1.) What is the make/model of the hard drive?
2.) Have you formatted it yet? (They won't show up under My Computer out of the have to format them through Disk Management or a similar process first.)


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Thanks for the reply
by bobcratchet2000 / May 27, 2008 9:35 PM PDT

Hi John

It is a media hardrive here is the link to where I got it

Am not sure what the make of the hardrive is as I think they put them in. I have formatted it via my TV on screen. I can see it when I plug it into my laptop via the USB but thats about as much as I can do.
What I would like to do is plug it into the back of my Belkin wireless router and be able to save files to it wirelesly if I can do that? or do I need something else for that. In the long run I would like my Games console to be able to see it and stream the media from it like I do with my laptop instead of having the laptop on all of the time.
I dont think I am going to be able to do this with this product though, what do you think?

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by John.Wilkinson / May 29, 2008 2:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the reply

It is possible to access data on a networked hard drive using the PS3, and reportedly so with this model as well, though in this case I'd have to defer questions to Envizage as it's their own in-house design (complete with operating system) without any publicly-available documentation. Some of the links on their website are broken, and they offer no technical support section, but you should be able to receive assistance via e-mail by contacting wayne(at)envizage[dot]com or over the phone by calling 0845 299 0393.


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Still no joy
by bobcratchet2000 / May 29, 2008 7:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Well...

First off, can I just thank you for your help on this and your research.

I have cantacted the makers directly and they gave me a link to update the firmware. Can I update the firmware via usb and is it automatic, will it do it and put it in the right place on it's own? I dont know about firmware if it is supoposed to go on my laptop or in the external hardrive? If it is in the Ex HD do I just point the downlod to the HD file area and it will do the rest or do I have to go deeper?

Am I doing something wrong as I am learning this as I go along.
Here is what I done to TRY and put it on my network: Firstly I formatted the HD, Plugged the HD into laptop via USB and told it to share I then got an automatic ip address for the HD from the Belkin router, I then plugged the HD into one of the ports in the back of the router. I looked in Network on Vista and it doen't appear, I have also dissabled firewlls so it cant be that, I thought it would just be a case of plug and play. What else can I try?

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