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Adding a Portable HD to Linksys E4200 Router Problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by doc30, May 14, 2011.

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  1. doc30

    doc30 Thread Starter

    May 14, 2011
    Maybe someone here can help me. I am trying to connect a portable hard drive (Seagate GoFlex 1TB) to my Linksys E4200 router. When following the instructions from Cisco, the device does not show up on the list of available hard drives, even after I refresh the list. I thought that maybe my portable HD was only USB 3.0 and the router takes only up to 2.0

    So I decide to try an older Seagate portable hard drive. First time I connected it, I saw it on the list, but when I went to make it a network drive, the Cisco Connect software used by the router completely locked up.

    I reset the router and my modem and rebooted my computer. Now, every time I connect the portable hard drive, my E4200 seizes up and every device I have loses connectivity and the E4200 becomes completely unresponsive.

    I can only get the router to work when there is no portable hard drive connected to it.
  2. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    You're not "making it a network drive", you're mapping it. It's a network drive as soon as you connect it, and should appear in Network.
    I'd start by connecting this drive via USB, reformatting, or running chkdsk /r.
  3. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    make a note of any settings in the router and do a factory reset - reset button on rear of router hold for 30seconds
    then once you have carried out the process posted by Hughv and made sure the drive is ok and formatted - put back on the router
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