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External Drive to PC and Mac.

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#1 Futures_Perfect


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 01:27 AM

I am wanting to set up an external drive that I can share between my Mac and PC simultaneously. The need for file sharing between my two computers has increased, and Google Drive is just not cutting it anymore.  I was hoping to do so through my router, but unfortunately, the USB components are not operable, (thanks Verizon).


Is there a way to "split" the USB out from the drive?   Would that even work?  What would be the better way to do so? 


Thank you.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:00 AM

My self if i wanted to do that id just setup a old beater computer box and turn it in to a dedicated file server computer and pile old drives in to it, then put it on the lan with a good password and knock your self out.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:35 PM

I'd suggest using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution, this would connect to one of your router's network ports.  You can run into issues having the drive formatted correctly so that it can be read by both a Windows PC and a Mac.  You can pick up a 4TB for $270 or smaller 2TB version for $199, both of those use RAID1 where it has two drives that both have a copy of your data to protect you against a drive failure.  If you want a single drive solution without this protections you want to look at the "personal cloud" drives.

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