I am setting up a 4Tb Seagate Backup Plus Hub external HD. The goal is to have it accessible by two laptops, running wondows 10, mainly to be able to free up internal HD space, and access files (mainly documents/pics/videos etc).
I have partitioned it out thus far with 2TB for pics/videos, 1 TB for back ups of the two laptops, and the remaining 1Tb was going to leave for randomness, and whatnot. While getting everything cleaned up on the laptops, and organized on XHD, inpreparation for designing a website (hence having files accessible easily from both computers), it got me thinking about installing common programs used onto the hd as well.
I have looked up and installed XAMPP and wordpress onto the hard drive, and think I did it correctly to work on either computer, but wondering these two questions:
1. Does the HD have to be plugged into modem/router to be accessible? As is and as I believe I read it should be, HD is plugged in via USB, to one laptop (station machine) and I can access it via the privet network or homegroup from other laptop, as I have files already.
2. Do programs have to be 'portable' version to be able to run off an external Harddrive, and will I be able to use the program off either computer?
Essentially thinking about things like wordpress(already installed), LibreOffice, Handbrake, etc. Nothing heavy duty, although Photoshop would be nice, I'm fairly certain that is integrated to the one system, and has Adobe's 2 computer rule anyway.
I hope this was all clear. Just want to minimize internal HD space on 2 laptops, by utilizing the shared external for as much as possible.