If you have seen how to share a hard drive over a network, this user guide can help you. rightClick on the DR you want to share and select “Share with” > “Advanced Sharing…”. Enter the name of one to find the network drive. If you want others to be able to read write to and write to their computers on specific drives, click Permissions and check the Allow box under Full Control.
I won’t blame anyone for a know-how question that seems “basic” because my family and I all had to start our process somewhere. Few of us came out of the womb knowing how to access a network share through Windows, what a workgroup is, or how to map a network drive.
In this week’s Lifehacker’s invaluable Tech 911 Q&A section, columnist Matthew asks a simple but relatively important question about home networking. Let’s get into the details:
“I want to provide you with a simple, very homely infrastructure – basically just a shared hard drive that I have access to from all the computers in my apartment – but I’m not going to guarantee that you’ll get started.”
Is it really that easy to connect an external hard drive to the USB port on the back of the router? Looks too. Or do I need a special hard drive connected via an ethernet port? How can I set it up so that it “appears” on user devices like me? I wouldn’t expect it to start automatically, but I don’t know the configuration options needed to make it work. Do you need a dedicated PC, or are all the tools you need right now built into Windows?
We look forward to hearing from you.
How To Share A Drive And/or Folder For Windows
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Matthew, I’m so glad that you, like Ravi, are learning more about the vast modern world of networking. I’m proficient in journalism tech with complex and readers, I hit hard with my router guides in Wirecutter. Challenge your sensitive thoughts about my husband and my big geek interests and I’ll be happy to help.
You have a few basic options for sharing a persistent drive with other computers in your home. You can connect this hard Drive to your desktop or (internal external) or to your laptop (perhaps external), and then this hard drive will help you manage the connection through Windows. Everything you need to do this is built into Upright on Windows, and I’ll be happy to walk your site through the process now.
For the sake of argument, and since I don’t have a spare outer case, I hope you’ve already connected this drive for your system support. You will get the best performance if you measure using one of the unconnected ports on your system’s sata ports; An external case works best when connected via 3 usb.0 or USB-C, but not good either.
Now that you’ve done so much, you’ll probably need to open the Windows Computer Control windshield to give your hard drive a solid drive letter. (If you purchased an external drive that came in its own case, it’s probably already initialized for you and you can find it directly in File Explorer. Otherwise, continue with these steps.) You
Type “Computer Management” in the menu behind “Start”,Then click “Disk Management” under “Storage” in the window that appears: