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How do I set up my External HD to my Router?

By kittykat558 ·
Ok so in theory, this would be really easy. I bought a "Linksys-Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router with 4-Port Ethernet Switch-WRT610N SKU: 8892335" which promises the use of external storage wirelessly through the USB drive on the back. I then bought a "Seagate-FreeAgent Desk 2TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive-Titanium Silver-ST320005FDA2E1-RK SKU: 9317438" thinking that I could store all my music, pictures, and the like on there so that when I wanted to access them, they could be wherever I wanted to at home and not have to worry about it clogging up my laptop. For those of you with laptops, you understand. Also, when your pics are tied to Picasa and your music to iTunes, you can't have to worry about plugging ur comp in anytime you want to access them...

Anyways... the instructions for the router are TERRIBLE. My friend managed to do what he could to hook it up and it works when you use something like a thumb drive; however, we can't get it to work with the hard drive. He mentioned something about it being too big? I don't understand why it would matter...

I wanted a large storage device so EVERYTHING could be there with backup drives stored elsewhere (just so you don't think I'm an idiot in keeping everything in one place).

What do I do? I spent a lot of money on a large drive. If it is too big, do you think I'd be able to do a USB hub and put 2 (or more) smaller drives there?

Thanks so much for the help... I'm not a tech idiot, but this is over my head.

-Chelsea

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there are

by XnavyDK In reply to How do I set up my Extern ...

Hard drives called a NAS or Network Attached Storage that use the the tech you are talking about. Normal external hard drives are plug in usb or firewire type. In this instance you should look into a nas enclosure. Sometimes the hardrives are separate purchase and not really expensive but since you have one already. The NAS is configurable with your network router. Look on website called newegg for NAS

hope this helps.
edited for some typos.. as usual

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by XnavyDK In reply to How do I set up my Extern ...

you could share that drive you currently have out thru your pc to you other network users but it would have to be plugged into the pc for that to work and the others to see it.

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look what i found

by XnavyDK In reply to How do I set up my Extern ...

Seagate STDSA10G-RK FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter

a network access dock for external hard drives like you have there.

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If you have Vista or Windows 7, you can try this out..

You will need to go into your routers settings and find out the "ip" address of your External drive that is attached.
If at all possible give your External drive a name, otherwise just write down the ip address.

1. When in "Windows Backup & Restore" select "On a network location" then click "Select".
2. In the "Network Location" box type, for example:
\\Belkin Router's IP Address\Drive Name.
Example: \\192.168.2.1\My Book 1 (or ip address)
3. Enter your routers administrator's username. Example: Admin
4. Enter you routers administrator password. Example: Password
5. Click "Ok" and than finish the backup wizard.

It might work for you, it might not, but there is no harm in trying.

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