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How Do I setup external HD


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#1 Robar

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 10:46 AM

My Hitachi T-1 External HD came without instructions. Their website didn't help. All I want to do is setup the HD for 3 computers without using compressed files. Two using Win XP and one using Windows 7. Laptop, Desktop, Laptop Work.
Can I just add one parent folder for each computer and manually (or automatically) replace the files as needed? Does the HD have to be formatted first? Any help is appreciated!



If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 06:18 PM

Most external hard drives are plug and play, meaning that all you have to do is plug it in, and it's ready to use. You should be able to transfer files right away onto the hard drive.

You can add a parent folder for each computer if you want, it's all up to personal preference.

Do you happen to know the current format of the hard drive? I would personally advise you to format the drive to NTFS if it is currently FAT32. FAT32 format restricts your maximum individual transfer file size to 4gb. It would be much safer to just format now before you starting transferring files so you do not have to deal with the issue later on.

If I did not completely answer your question, please let me know.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

Thanks for taking the time to answer. Just one more thing, without documentation is there any way I can tell if it's formatted in NTFS?

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:44 PM

Right click on "My Computer" or "Computer" if using windows 7. Then go to "Manage".

A new window should open up called "Computer Management". On the left side, under the "Storage" tree there should be "Disk Management".

Click on "Disk Management". From this sub-tree you should be able to see what "File System" your external hard drive is when plugged in.

If it is FAT32 and you wish to format it to NTFS, just right click on the external hard drive and click "Format". Follow the instructions, making sure to choose NTFS for "File system". Do note that the process will take a fairly long time.

If you have any questions let me know.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:12 PM

Of course...the 3 systems must be networked...and the drive must be shared...for each to have access via the network.

Since one of the systems has Win 7...when setting up the network, use "workgroup" rather than "mshome" as your XP workgroup.

http://lifehacker.com/5262706/setup-file-and-printer-sharing-from-xp-to-windows-7

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