Accessing an external hard drive attached to a router

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fz0rb4, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    just got a new macbook pro and I cannot see an external hard drive that is attached via a USB to my router. Can anyone help please ?

    Thank You
     
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    miles01110

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    Is it on? What kind of router is it? What kind of hard drive is it? What format is the hard drive in?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Miles,

    Yep it's on - can see it thru my Windows PC.
    It's a Belkin Play Max Router
    It's a Western Digital Elements Hard Drive, file system is FAT

    Thank You
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok it looks like no one can help - the only additional piece of info I have is that I changed the setting so that it displays all external divices on my desktop - but this seems to have made no difference.

    I know there are issues with reading an FAT/NTFS format - but I would expect the mac to at least find the hard drive
     
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    Darth.Titan

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    Did you install the router's software on your Mac? According to the manual shared drives have to be managed using Belkin's software.

    BTW, the format of a drive on a network share doesn't matter in the slightest.
     
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    miles01110

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    Err... are you sure about that? For a drive that's plugged into a router via USB it seems like it would matter. I know true NASs are format-independent, though.
     
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    It would make sense that you'd need some software on your computer to manage access to the disk, otherwise two computers could access it at the same time and make a mess of things. There needs to be some kind of synchronization.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All,

    Thank you, loaded the driver and it seems to work now. :)
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    I had the same problem and found an easier solution:

    Finder -> Go -> Connect to server

    Type in smb://readyshare and hit connect. Seems to work!
     

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