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Sharing external drive

by Disneyfan / July 17, 2008 9:38 PM PDT

What is the best way to share an external drive that is connected to a desktop computer across a home network?

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Define "best"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2008 10:35 PM PDT
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There are far too many items you may be concerned about that would determine what "best" would be. For now why not just share it like any other disk?
Bob

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What I found. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 18, 2008 8:30 PM PDT
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I have a 450 Gig SATA HD (Seagate PMR) in an external USB-2 case. I found if I turned on sharing on the drive it showed up on my network. But if I ever turned the drive off the sharing was gone. It worked fine as long as I left it powered up. But that didn't set too well with me as I didn't want to leave it on 24/7. Especially when I turned my PC off when not in use.

So with a little thought, some cable extenders for power and a two foot SATA cable, I built this. http://www.wayne2.net/modded.jpg Not really portable but it's external, it's fast, and it's always shared.

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Cool. Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 9:23 PM PDT
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I had almost exactly the same thing. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 19, 2008 4:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Cool. Just sharing.

Then I got to looking at transfer speeds between the SATA cable and the USB-2 cable. At least three times faster in my own tests. I moved to the SATA interface since my motherboard had the SATA ports.

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