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I need an external Hard Drive

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by the_sanguine, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. the_sanguine

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    I need to get an external USB connected hard drive. The bigger the better...

    Where can I get one from? How big do they go and at what price?
     
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    buffalo 250 gig usb2 for £93 delivered at amazon
     
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    sounds perfect. is it just plug & play? I want to share data between PCs but also store recorded/sequenced music so I can produce it on one PC and then play it from another
     
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    plug the buffalo in and it works straight off.
     
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    If you want to spend a bit more and have a router you can get the Buffalo external drives that will work as a Network Attached Storage device, so it can sit plugged into your router via an ethernet cable. It also has USB2 connections so that you can connect direct to a PC and has USB connections so you can add another USB hard drive to it if it's attached via the network.
    The advantage of connecting it to your router is that the drive can then be accessed from any PC on your network without having to have a main computer to which it's attached switched on all the time.
    It will also act as a print server for a USB printer.
     
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    Crikey....are you telepathic? I was just going to ask If I could do that. A wireless LAN router with storage would be great. What do I need to buy?
     
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    The buffalo drives aren't wireless so they would need a wired connection to the router. You can have a look here at Ebuyer to see the options. The drives are usually referred to as NAS drives.
     
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    cheaper to buy two of the normal USB drives
     
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    That's cool. So, they have a wireless card in them and the PC can share files on them independantly of the router? I assume people can't access them from a laptop outside though?
     
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    If I could network a printer in too, that would be great
     
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    The Buffalo hard drives aren't wireless, they need to be connected to the router via an ethernet cable.
     
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    Excuse my ignorance but can't I buy a WLAN router that has some USB ports so that I can connect an external drive up to? If it would then work like a little LAN with storage accessable from any PC? If I could also connect my printer to it that would be great (especially if it could also take faxes....)

    I don't want much do I?
     
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    What I would look for is a wireless router that also has wired ports. Therefore you can mix and match wired and wireless connections, so you could have a laptop running wirelessly and the hard drive wired etc.
     
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    Thanks John,

    I started another thread.
     
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    Are external hard drives waterproof?
     

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