How to share
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An external drive is essentially the same as an internal drive, except it is not located inside the computer. It can be a solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard drive (HDD) that is connected to the machine with an external cable or interface.

External drives can be bus-powered, meaning they receive their power through the connection to the computer. They can also be self-powered and then need to be connected to an electrical outlet to be used.

  1. When should you use an external hard drive?
  2. How to share an external hard drive over the network

When should you use an external
hard drive?


External hard drives are useful in several situations. One is to address capacity issues on a personal computer that may be impacting its performance. If your system is running slow or crashing you may want to move some files to an external drive to provide more storage space and virtual memory to your machine.

FlexiHub

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FlexiHub is a solution to share hard drive over network without any additional cords and settings. All you need is to register an account and download the software.
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An external drive can also be employed to furnish additional storage capacity to a network of users. They may be accessing the device simultaneously as in the case of a drive connected to a company file server.

How to share a USB Hard drive
over a network


It can be challenging to access an external hard drive remotely. It calls for you to share an external drive on a network. This is necessary if you want to share an external hard drive with other coworkers and their computers. The shared hard drive needs to use a network (Wi-Fi/Ethernet/LAN/TCP/IP) to reach dispersed users. Each computer cannot directly connect to the device. You also might need to access data on the drive when you are not in close proximity to the device.

So the question is how to share external hard drives on a network? There are multiple solutions to this question. Read on to find the best way to share an external hard drive over a network.

Software to share an external hard drive on a network


Electronic Team, Inc. offers a simple software solution to the problem of sharing a USB drive over a network. Its name is FlexiHub.

sharing a USB drive over a network

Follow these steps to start using FlexiHub:

  • Sign up for a free FlexiHub account here and start a free trial that allows you to share USB devices over Ethernet.
  • Download and install the software on all of the computers that will be remotely accessing the shared drive.
  • Launch FlexiHub, sign in using your newly created login credentials and share the external hard drive.
  • Locate the shared drive on the remote computers using FlexiHub and connect to it.
  • Use the remote USB drive as if it were attached to your machine.

That’s it! You now have all the functionality that you would have with a direct connection to the USB device.

The free version of FlexiHub includes the ability to invite other users to connect with your shared device. You can also take advantage of a seven-day free trial of a paid subscription.

FlexiHub offers these benefits when sharing external hard drives over a network:

  • Connectivity to remote devices when no direct connection can be implemented.
  • The program lets you share an HDD over WiFi.
  • Virtually any type of USB device is supported.
  • FlexiHub is a versatile, cross-platform solution.

How to share USB hard drive over WiFi


You are not limited to wired networks when working with remote USB devices. You can share an external hard drive by mapping it as a network drive over a WiFi network. Basically, you will be connecting a hard drive to your router.

share USB hard drive over WiFi
  • You first need to find it in the router’s settings. Use a web browser on the WiFi network and type in the IP address of the router. Often it is 192.168.1.1.
  • Log into the router interface and navigate to Settings. Open the ‘Drive storage’ tab. Right-Click on the desired drive and select the ‘Map network drive’ menu option.
  • It’s advisable to give your drive a meaningful name for reference and then check the ‘Reconnect at sign-in’ option.
  • Click ‘Finish’ when setup is complete. Your computer may need to be restarted to see the USB drive.

There are no additional hardware components or cables required to implement this method of sharing a hard drive over a network. It is limited, however, by the range of the WiFi signal so will not provide remote access over great distances.

Share storage through a high-speed USB cable


We will also show you how to use a high-speed USB cable to share storage between computers. The USB 2.0 protocol enables you to:

  1. Use a USB port to implement communication between two computers.
  2. Transfer data in both directions using a dual buffer at speeds over 15 Mbps.
  3. Use a single-chip ASIC Hi-Speed USB host to provide bus-powered communication from a USB port.
  4. Work in both Mobile PC and SOHO environments.
Share storage through a high-speed USB cable

The solution is compliant with both the USB 1.1 and 2.0. specifications. USB 2.0 is a good solution for sharing USB drives. You are, however, limited by the length of the cable which does not make this a viable solution for sharing devices with remote users.

All told, FlexiHub offers a more convenient and versatile method of sharing external USB hard drives. It does not entail any additional hardware and is not limited to a WiFi coverage area. FlexiHub enables you to share USB devices with any network-attached remote computer.

FlexiHub

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