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Saturday, April 11th, 2015 8:50 AM

NAS with USB external hard drive

Hi everybody,


I have been looking for a way to make a 1TB USB3 external hard drive of mine into a network drive that anyone on my home network can access. I don't need anything fancy, I just want to be able to map the drive on multiple Windows devices simultaneously.


What's the best way to do this? Some good info might be that my hard drive does have its own DC power adapter. The DC power port and the USB 3 port are the only two ports, there is no Ethernet. I would like to run this drive 24/7 without having to connect it to a computer and "share" it that way, because none of my computers are really suited for 24/7 operation.


Initially, I thought about using the USB port on my NVG589 but some research has shown that you can't use the USB port on it for storage. Are there any adapters that maybe can convert USB 3 to Ethernet so that I can plug it into the modem that way? Would that even work? Since it doesn't need PoE because it has a power adapter, I thought this might be possible. Though, I'm not very knowledgeable in this area.


I'm open to any ideas really. The cheaper the better, as long as there isn't a severe performance degredation. I just want a way to have this drive up 24/7 and make it accessible to anyone on my network.



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Google "NAS Enclosure"

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