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Windows 7: access HDD hooked up to ruter via USB

13 Apr 2010   #1

W7 Pro 64
access HDD hooked up to ruter via USB

i have the Netgear DGND3300 and hooked up an external HDD via its USB. In my Windows 7 home network I cna access the HDD from my desktop (connected via wire) i can access that HDD and can use it.

From my laptop (wireless) I can't "see" that HDD. when i login to the router via laptop I can see it. but it doesn't show up like the other home-network folders.
(the wireless network is the n-type and secured with WEP-PSKA2.. or whatever the strongest is, with 63 letters.. but that shouldn't matter since I can use it otherwise)

Any ideas what settings I need to set? I didn't need to do anything for my (hardwired) desktop to "see" the HDD.

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13 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Umm did your router come with a setup disk that maybe it has a program that you have to install on your computer for it to find it or access it?
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13 Apr 2010   #3

W7 Pro 64

I think Netgear has something to download to set it up in Windows 7. but that I think is jsut in case it doesn't work. It worked setting up by just login in. and on my (wired) desktop I can access the HDD. When I log into the router from the wireless laptopm, I also can see the HDd in the router setup menu. It's just I don't see it on the explorer, like the other network folders.

I'm out of town right now, but will try to wire the laptop to the router to see if that helps.
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22 Apr 2010   #4

W7 Pro 64

duh! I figured out Kasperksy firewall was blocking my laptop from accessing the readyshare.

there also seems to be the problem, that one has to enter"\\readyshare" in RUN to see it.

Besides these hiccups, it works (it is slow, though). I'm right now transferring data to the HDD via LAN and it only goes to 13 Mbit. Is that USB limiting?
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22 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

That is actually not to bad... considering when you have a gigabyte lan and the fastest that i have ever transfered was 90....
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23 Apr 2010   #6

W7 Pro 64

I couldn't really find data on my external HDD WD32001032-001
but somehow think it is USB 2.0 and even 7200 rpm. The PC network card is 100 Mbit, or even 1000 Mbit. the router is 100 Mbit. So having something with 12 Mbit (USB 1.1. speed) might explain it.
the router seems to have USB 2.0
Is there a way to test a HDD what USB it has? the WD website didn't give any information. but the slowest i saw there in the legacy section is USB 2.0
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23 Apr 2010   #7

W7 Pro 64

I now hooked up my external HDD via USB and it can write data 10-20 times faster. so the HDD is not the bottleneck.

So, how come via network I only get 12 Mbit? It jsut goes from my desktop to the router (6ft patch cable) and via router USB to the external HDD. It all should be at least 100 Mbit hardware. so withoverhead I should get much more than just 12 Mbit

I don't think I was able to accidentally limit the speed.

any ideas?
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04 Dec 2010   #8

W7 Pro 64
need good network storage

I've been using the USB HDD with the router for a while now. It is pretty slow, but I mostly use it with "Always-sync". for some odd reason it all of a sudden comes up with an error while syncing "API call error, The directory name is invalid. (8007010b), file name: Error while copying. I don't really recall what i changed to cause this.

anyway, I'm more exploring the option to have some type of real network storage. I've researched a bit. but the reviews (on Newegg etc.) indicate that many of those are pretty slow (slower than the network or HDD speed would allow. My other beef with those is that they seem to use a proprietary file format. In case the network storage device breaks, i want to be able to just take the disk and plug it in my PC to read the data.

do you have any suggestions for a network storage that is:
- fast (Edit: currently my plan is to use it for backup only, so I can compromise on that as long as it is faster than my current setup)
- uses NFTS HDD or anything else that I can use in a diferent PC without specific hardware/software
- little power consumption
- inexpensive (Edit: but I'm willing to spend money to have one that doesn't change permissions all the time)
- possibly 2+ HDD bays and RAID 1 (mirror), I'd prefer it coming empty so i can chose my own HDDs.
- good cooling of HDDs

From what I've seen the prices to get something decent I might as well built a separate PC to use a s file server. thsi really makes me wonder what the network storage is for when it is not cheaper than a PC (at least not the relatively fast ones)
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