October 16th, 2004, 10:39 PM #1
Linking two computers to one external drive?
I was wondering if I could link one external drive to two laptops using USB for one and Firewire for the other. I want to get a 250GB drive for my brother and me since our laptop drives are running out of space, and I dont feel like setting up a network (although the last time I tried it was a real pain in the @$$ and I reaaally dont wanna have to deal with it again)
I could also get a 120 GB for each of us, but thats much more expensive
Anyways, thanks for the help.
October 16th, 2004, 10:44 PM #2
Sorry, you can't hook up both USB and Firewire from two different PC's to the same drive - I think the interface controller in the external drive enclosure will disable one or the other when it detects the other plug is inserted. If it were possible, the math behind controlling drive reads and writes coming in simultaneously from two different PC's on two different interfaces (with different speeds) would likely require a pretty hefty processor - something those external enclosures don't come with. Cool idea, but I think networking or NAS is the only solution for this. Sorry.
October 16th, 2004, 10:45 PM #3
you cant use it simutaneously without a network but you can use them seperatley
setting up a network is really easy though just get a crossover cable and run the network setup wizard on both machines and make sure the drive is shared, if you need mor help we can walk you through itHey who turned sigs on?
October 16th, 2004, 10:50 PM #4
Thanks, I didnt think it would work but I just wanted to check. I've set up a network for my dad before but as I said it was much more of a hassle then it should have been.
Hopefully it will be easier this time...
Thanks for the help though!
October 20th, 2004, 12:44 PM #5
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