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#1 blb

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 09:55 PM

Hi,
Can someone help me on using a external hard drive? I bought it and now it says it has to hook up to a router because I am using wireless.
Well the router is 4 rooms away and I don't want it hooked up to boyfriends computer. Any suggestions on what to do? I am not very educated on computers , so you might have to spell it out. :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 January 2010 - 11:04 PM

Make and model of the external hard drive?

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 06:41 AM

PRO Drive
RJ45/USB External Hard Drive


I hope this it what u wanted if not please let me know. This is all I can see unless I am looking in the wrong place.
Thank you for taking the time to reply to my question.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 10:02 AM

That is close. Is there another name? Perhaps something that precedes the PRO Drive. It may be on the box it came in or somewhere on the enclosure itself.

But it would seem just going by the name that you have two connection options. It either needs to be hooked up to the router via the RJ45 port on it. Or directly to your PC via a USB cable. Neither of the required cables may have been included.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 02:22 PM

Yes, I went back to the Futures store today to ask about it. Three men said I needed a wireless external hard drive or a really long cord but they don't sell them in the store only online. And then another man came out and said I could plug it in the usb on my tower. I should have asked another question but maybe you can help.
Can I download games etc off of the internet with this or is it limited to just backing up my computer?
Many thanks for your help, I really appreciate it..

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 02:53 PM

When it is connected to your tower it can be treated just like a normal\internal hard drive. You can download to it, store anything on it, etc.

The only thing I do`t think will work well is installing programs on it. Especially games. This is because USB connected hard drives have a slower information transfer rate then a built in hard drive. This could cause slow responses within a program or game. Not a good thing depending on the game.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 07:26 PM

Thank you very much for the information. You have helped me a lot.
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Posted 17 January 2010 - 08:04 PM

Your :thumbsup:




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