The need to connecting two computers to an external hard drive arises from sharing data quickly without using internet networks. This can be an excellent option to carry out joint work and edit certain files that can be handled by both computers (and it is that you can even install an operating system on an external hard drive, or boot the operating system from an external hard drive, if so desired).
How to connect two computers to an external hard drive?
Making the connection via USB cabling may be the easiest way, but keep in mind that this is a method that requires tools. Most external hard drives have a pair of USB connectors, but this does not mean that they can be used at the same time.
Note that it will be necessary to coordinate the use of the hard disk if both computers will be on at the same time. The most recommended and least risky is to use a Switch, this computer tool allows you to connect a device via USB and distribute the information. Basically it is the safest way to make this type of connections, the risks of not doing it with this device are quite high.
Connect Two Computers to an External Hard Drive Using a Switch
These tools are designed to allow multiple access to any device connected via USB, they can be found in different types. First, you must choose the necessary Switch, although most have at least 4 ports for other devices, it is possible to find only two. Once you have the Switch, you must connect the hard drive, it will be through the only USB input that these distribution teams usually have.
For computers, you must use the USB ports that are usually parallel to the previous one, choose a switch that has the proper connectors. This because, normally, they can include different types of USB, A or B, I remember that this can be used to connect different types of devices.
Once this is done, you just have to turn on the computers and you will have access to the hard drive with ease and without any risk. Please note that some of these Switches may require additional power to use with an external hard drive.
If you already have an external hard drive, you should know that it requires a power supply to work, normally provided by the PC to which it is connected. This will make the disk work with peace of mind, but the problem is when we connect two or more devices, here the risks begin.
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It is counterproductive to directly connect two devices to one hard drive because this (although it may not happen) often generates an excessive load that can damage the hard disk.
An excess of electricity can cause the hard disk to short circuit, losing all the information it may contain. This being the reason why it is not recommended to connect more than one computer directly to the hard drive, it is more of a preventive measure.
Wireless method of connecting computers
Many people, when the connection with said hard disk, must be constant, they prefer to use more media “simple”And even cheaper than buying several Switches.
The first thing to do is connect all the computers to the same network, for this, you can use a network router, Wi-Fi or wired connection. In this method it is necessary to connect the hard disk to one of the computers, making it directly access the files.
To make the disk accessible to other users on the network, you must enable it, using the ability to share files with network users.
Follow the steps, right click on the drive> “Properties”> “Sharing”> Check boxes “Share this file on the network” and “Allow network users to modify files.” With this step you will have achieved that all those who are adept at the network can access the data, keep in mind that this is ideal only for private networks.
And that’s it, you’re done, so it’s time to go. If you have a problem that has not been raised here, such as an external hard drive appearing or not detected by Windows, then you should look for a solution to this problem on the internet or get advice, because doing it yourself is risky.
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