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#1 lostsoul65


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 09:37 PM

I have a network HD and data transfer is in theory 1 Gb/s. My external WD passport Hard Drive is in theory 5 Gb/s and it is FAST. Is there a way to have one hard drive (SATA 3 or USB 3 ) to support two computers so each computer can have the 5 to 6 Gb/s transfer rate and share data? If I map a SATA3 Hard drive from my 1st computer so my 2nd computer can us it, then wouldn't my 2nd computer be getting the 6 Gb/s in theory? If so then a network drive for the home is not very productive.

Edited by hamluis, 21 November 2016 - 08:38 AM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to External Hardware - Hamluis.

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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 23 November 2016 - 02:40 PM

No, you are limited by your network.  Unless you have a 10GB or fiber network you're not going to be able to match the speed of the drive directly connected.  Data on a network only moves as fast as the slowest component the data has to cross.


A network hard drive is productive, provided you aren't looking for speed.  Normally a network drive is used for storage.  I am able to play both DVD and Bluray movies from both my NAS (Network Attached Storage) and Drobo without any issues.

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