Wireless hard drive

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  1. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    My PowerBooks hard drive only has a few GBs left.
    I want to get a wireless hard drive of some sort.
    I have an Airport-Extreme base station and a D-Link router.

    Anybody have any suggestions?
     
  2. thechris69 macrumors 6502

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    I have never heard of a wireless hard drive:confused: Someone please correct me if I am wrong...
     
  3. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I'm assuming you mean a standard network hard-drive that you would directly connect to the router, and then access the network via your Airport Extreme.

    There are many network drives out there, what kind of size/speed/price are you looking for?

    Doing a quick search on newegg.com for 'network hard drive' I see 18 choices, how do you like this one:link
    It has gigabit ethernet, a DHCP server to connect to, etc., for about $240 USD. I don't know about the company, but there seem to be lots of options.
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    In any case, this is a pretty poor way to do it, since your data transfer rates will be abysmal compared with an internal drive, or even an external FireWire or USB drive. I'd suggest purchasing a LaCie external FW drive and be done with it.

    Is there a particular reason you're looking to do it wirelessly?
     
  5. Unorthodox thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Where would you plug the drive into the Airport Extreme?
    Can you use the USB port on it?

    100-160GBs/7200 RPM/hopefully below $300.

    Yeah, I don't want to lug around an external HD all over the house.
     
  6. dualsyste macrumors newbie

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    Asus make one I think.

    Standalone, just plug in a drive.

    It's just under $200AUD.
     
  7. Unorthodox thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How do I connect the drive to my network?
    Can I just plug it into the USB port on my Airport Extreme?
    Im thinking about this one.
     
  8. emw macrumors G4

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    Fair enough, although they are pretty small. :)

    I suppose it all comes down to how often you'll be using it. Sounds like some of the network ones are pretty cool, and the sharing aspect is nice if you have multiple computers you want to share it with.
     
  9. cube macrumors G4

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    You will have to wait until UltraWideBand is out (Wireless USB, "Wireless FireWire").

    Around the house? Hmm, I don't know how the range/speed thing will pan out...

    "WUSB is rated for up to 480 Mbps at distances up to 3 m and up to 110 Mbps at distances of 10 m."

    Probably better off with a network drive and 802.11n in you case.
     
  10. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    That looks like a fine choice for the needs you've stated. You just plug in an Ethernet cable between the drive and your Airport Extreme, this way you'll have an IP address that you can point to and have access just like you would on a standard LAN. There should be plenty of explanations of how to do this in the box, or with a quick Google search.
     
  11. Unorthodox thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool. I'll get it then.
    Thanks for the help guys. :)
     

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