Tutorial: Share external hard drive network

Have you ever wanted to share your external hard drive  on your home network? Today I’d like to show you how easy it is to set up, without having to purchase other equipment.

 

Overview

How to share external hard drive network If you are lucky enough to have a USB Port on your router, that is all you pretty much what you need to share external hard drive network with a external hard drive.

It’s not easy if it’s the first time you are doing this installation, but with my step by step guide, you will have your hard drive setup within minutes.  There is no need to be frustrated on complex network sharing settings or expensive external USB share devices, to share external hard drive network.

 

The benefits

The Benefits to share external hard drive on your network, is that you will no longer need to move your hard drive between one device to another.

The hard drive will be in a central location, where you can connect to your hard drive from any computer or device on your network. 

You can share your photos, documents and movie files easily, all in one central location.

 

 Requirements

This tutorial is using a Netcomm wireless Router however, any router with a USB port can be used.

 

Connect your Hard Drive

The First thing you will probably want to do is to attach your external hard drive to your router using the usb cable supplied.

Some routers can be fussy on what hard drives you can use, it is advisable to use an external hard drive which has a power supply known as a power brick.

 

Login to your router

Next you will need to login to your admin page of your router settings, in your web browser. Depending on what router you use it is usually an IP address such as http://192.168.1.1 You may need to consult your router’s manual for more info.

You will then be presented with a login screen asking for your router credentials.  The default login is usually something like:

Username: admin and

password: password.

 

Check with your manual for your settings. Enter your credentials to login

How to Network External Hard Drive

 

Next you will need to navigate to the storage Services tab, you will then see that your hard drive has been connected as shown below.

How to Network External Hard Drive

 

Next you need to create a user account to access your hard drive files. Under the Storage Services tab, select User accounts.

How to Network External Hard Drive

 

You will then see that a username has successfully been created.

How to Network External Hard Drive

 

 

Accessing the Share Drive From a Windows Computer

 

Close your router admin settings page and go to windows explorer, in the address bar type \\192.168.1.1 as shown below

You will then be asked to enter your username and password you have created in the previous step, enter those credentials and click ok to continue, then you will be successfully loged in to your shared drive

How to Network External Hard Drive

The same can be done from any Laptop or desktop computer, you can test this out on other PC’s

 

Top Tip

Sometimes you may get an error when you try to connect to your router. sometimes you connect to your gateway address and then it would say that the connection is not available.  Find out here how to overcome this issue. 

 

Final Thoughts

I hope I have helped you out with this tutorial, on How to share external hard drive network.

You should now, be able to share your drive from any PC or device on your network.

Has this tutorial been successful for you?  If it has, please like and share with your friends.  What are your experiences? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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Anthony Rousek
Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional