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Windows 7: Best way to share a drive on the internet?


23 Jun 2010   #1

Win 7 Ult x64
 
 
Best way to share a drive on the internet?

I have a network drive (maxtor central axis 1tb), connected via ethernet. I would like to make this drive accessible somehow over the internet, so I can use the drive at work just like a regular hard drive (or FTP would be fine too).
I do know that the central axis hard drive does have web access, but it's through a http site and I don't care too much for the interface. Besides, I need programs to point to this drive as a directory, and the website simply won't do that.

My home network is already set up for remote access, I have an account with dyndns, so I just type in my name.dyndns.org into remote desktop and I get right into my home computer.

Any ideas on what I can do? If this doesn't yeild any results, I guess Ill set up IIS on the computer and set up an FTP site to the network drive.... just trying to see if theres a simpler option (like doing port forwarding or something).

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23 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregsenne View Post
I have a network drive (maxtor central axis 1tb), connected via ethernet. I would like to make this drive accessible somehow over the internet, so I can use the drive at work just like a regular hard drive (or FTP would be fine too).
I do know that the central axis hard drive does have web access, but it's through a http site and I don't care too much for the interface. Besides, I need programs to point to this drive as a directory, and the website simply won't do that.

My home network is already set up for remote access, I have an account with dyndns, so I just type in my name.dyndns.org into remote desktop and I get right into my home computer.

Any ideas on what I can do? If this doesn't yeild any results, I guess Ill set up IIS on the computer and set up an FTP site to the network drive.... just trying to see if theres a simpler option (like doing port forwarding or something).
Look in the central axis documentation and see if it supports WebDAV. WebDAV is an extension to HTTP that will allow Windows filesystem access to the content of the web server -- in this case, your NAS (network attached storage). Open the Computer folder and click the Map network drive button, enter the URL of the NAS (could look like http://192.168.1.14/dav instead of a domain name), check Connect using different credentials if your username and password to the NAS is different than Windows and click Finish. You many be prompted for the NAS username and password:

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The password is "password". You can use what you see in the picture to try it out even if your NAS doesn't do WebDAV.


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