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Old 07-06-2006, 05:35 AM   #1
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I was wondering if there was I way that I could share an external hard drive through two computers without using the network. I would like to hook them both up to the external hard drive and share it simultaneously using two usb cords.

Is it possible?
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Good question, I'd actually like to know myself. I planned on buying one today and hook it up to my desktop and notebook, but it would be great to have them both connected at the same time so I won't have to continuously change wires on them.
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Nope, it doesn't work. I tried that before.
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So we can define a network as 2+ computers. Now you want to hook a HD up to 2 computers, yet have no network between them. Does data magically go between these 2 PC's?

I guess you could use something like this.
http://www.sfcable.com/store/usb-splitter06.html

"Not applicable with XP"
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I guess you could use something like this.
http://www.sfcable.com/store/usb-splitter06.html

"Not applicable with XP"
I think that would work if you were hook up two external HD's to one computer or a scanner and printer to one computer.

I want to say that some of the larger external HD's have the capability to be hooked up to two computers, but I'm not sure if you could transfer data onto it at the same time.
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I think that would work if you were hook up two external HD's to one computer or a scanner and printer to one computer.

I want to say that some of the larger external HD's have the capability to be hooked up to two computers, but I'm not sure if you could transfer data onto it at the same time.
I was mocking them... Without a network connection, or the use of a usb port on a router, you are not able to hook one drive to 2 PC's.
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I was mocking them... Without a network connection, or the use of a usb port on a router, you are not able to hook one drive to 2 PC's.
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...0GB_Hard_Drive

Synchronization of data between two or more computers
Soft-touch over-mold enables stable grip for transport
Dual interfaces:
o FireWire compatible — up to 400MB/sec data transfer rates
o USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible — up to 480MB/sec data transfer rates


Would that work? Or does that mean you have the option of either using USB or Firewire?
But it also talks about Synchronization of data between two computers, that seems to me like you could have two comps hooked up to it. ??
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http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...0GB_Hard_Drive

Synchronization of data between two or more computers
Soft-touch over-mold enables stable grip for transport
Dual interfaces:
o FireWire compatible up to 400MB/sec data transfer rates
o USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible up to 480MB/sec data transfer rates
If they want to buy a $200 external HD... Yes they could do that.
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Well now they know the option is available and it is possible if you want to spend some extra money.

oh and something like this might work.

http://www.startech.com/Product/Item...ID=USB421&c=US
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oh and something like this might work.

http://www.startech.com/Product/Item...ID=USB421&c=US
Those are desgned to work with printers/scanners, not hard drives. It may work, but then again it may not.
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