View Full Version : Sharing a USB external hard drive between two computers.

15-11-2009, 04:10 PM
We have two computers, mine and my wife's. I have a USB external hard drive plugged into mine principally for backing up. Is there a way to share the external drive between the two computers without having to physically disconnect from the one computer and attaching it to the other? If so, could you describe exactly what i need to do. Thanks :)

15-11-2009, 04:15 PM
Whats the OS on the host PC ??

You can usually right click the drive and share as any other device. Depending on the OS will depend on the process to share.

15-11-2009, 04:23 PM
Sorry Wainui....the operating system on both computers is Windows XP Home

15-11-2009, 04:38 PM
Are they located by each other?

15-11-2009, 04:45 PM
In the same room, yes

15-11-2009, 04:47 PM
As long as the two computers are connected to the same LAN via A router, and can see one another over My network Places, right click the External drive in My Computer, sharing and security / under sharing tab - if This wording (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Sharing.jpg) is there, click it, enable sharing / then Tick these (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/two.jpg) - apply /OK and it should be shared. The other PC should now see it under my network places.

15-11-2009, 05:00 PM
The computers are connected to the same LAN via a router but I can't get them to see each other....any suggestions as to how to make this possible?

15-11-2009, 05:16 PM
Have you got them both in the same workgroup?

15-11-2009, 05:17 PM
Sorry...how do I do this?

15-11-2009, 05:29 PM
click <Start>right click <Computor> select <properties> you change it there if required. Dosnt matter what you name the workgroup so long as both computors are the same.

15-11-2009, 05:50 PM
Both computers are in the workgroup MSHOME, How do i get them to see each other?

15-11-2009, 07:17 PM
The easy way:- Download "Cisco Network Magic" and install it on one of your machines. You get a free trial period. It will make any adjustments to your network that are needed. Uninstall it when the trial is up. Your network will remain as it now is.

15-11-2009, 07:20 PM
Perhaps this will help (you'll need MS Word or Word viewer to read it)

Speedy Gonzales
15-11-2009, 07:42 PM
Whats on the external hdd? Just tick simple file sharing (my computer / tools / folder options / view). And remember to share a folder

15-11-2009, 08:19 PM
Thank you guys. I will try the options suggested thans for your help:)

16-11-2009, 11:46 AM
Ok....I am having problems: I downloaded Cisco Network Magic as suggested by Clive M. The first thing that went wrong was that Network Magic required it to be loaded onto both computers instead of the one suggested by Clive :) That in itself wasn't the problem: what was was Avast was blocking each computer from sending files or in my particular case of being able to recognise the external hard drive on the "other" computer even though it was shown on the host computer as being available to share.
How can I configure Avast to allow this to happen???

Speedy Gonzales
16-11-2009, 12:35 PM
Avast doesnt block anything. Its not a firewall. Its something you havent configured properly

16-11-2009, 12:43 PM
My apologies: You are right Speedy. I referred to Avast incorrectly. It was denied by Sunbelt Personal Firewall.

Speedy Gonzales
16-11-2009, 12:45 PM
Go into its options, there may a network option in it, that you may have to configure