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Is it possible to connect an external HDD via network as opposed to USB?

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2 years ago#1
Basically, I'm trying to find some sort of configuration that will allow me to connect an external HDD using an Ethernet or crossover cable, as if it were some sort of network device. I'm not asking how to network two computers to share the contents of their HDDs. I hope this explanation makes sense.

Thanks for any replies
2 years ago#2
That's called a NAS.
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2 years ago#3
you would have to own a harddrive capable of doing that, its called network attached storage, so basically, look if the enclosure has an ethernet connection on it, if not, well then no.

you can buy a NAS or you can hook it to a computer and then share it through that
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2 years ago#4
Can I buy an external HDD kit that includes some sort of NAS connection / feature?
2 years ago#5
Is this something that WD MyCloud thing would be good for?
2 years ago#6
WD Caviar Red Drives are meant for NAS, then buy a NAS.
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2 years ago#7
The NAS devices I'm seeing on Amazon and eBay are really expensive. I need something much more affordable. Let me rephrase my original post: Is it possible to convert a USB connection to a network connection somehow? Let's say I have an external HDD kit that connects via USB. What I want to do is find some sort of adapter that has a USB end connecting to the external HDD, then an Ethernet end that connects to the computer. Maybe some sort of go-between device would also be fine, provided it's not expensive.
2 years ago#8
WD MyCloud was exactly what came to mind when I read the title, not sure if that's what you're looking for.
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2 years ago#9
I think some routers allow you to attach a hard drive to share across the network. What about a raspberry pi?
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2 years ago#10
he probably doesnt own a raspberry pi.

as for a cable that will convert USB to ethernet LOLNO
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