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External HD as File Server failing

Discussion in 'Networking' started by matt_12511, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. matt_12511

    matt_12511 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I have a Seagate 400GB External Harddrive connected to my server via USB. I have a folder on it that I have set to "Share". At seemingly random times it just stops and a message appears on the server saying the HD was removed without being stopped. So I remove the share feature of the folder and add it again. Then it works again.

    I am wondering if it is too many people connected on a device using a USB. Or if there is some reason why you should not use an external HD as a share folder?

    The power is plugged into the battery backup so it is not a brownout/powerout.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I've seen other people posting about difficulties in using a USB external drive with sharing. I've done it without issue, but yours doesn't seem to be an isolated case.

    I don't know from what you've said what the problem could be.
     
  3. matt_12511

    matt_12511 Thread Starter

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    Well it is nice to know I'm not the only one who does this.

    In your case did you have more than 3-4 people on the USB External HD/File Server at the same time? I'm thinking that it is possilbe there is a load limit.

    The strangest part is that it doesn't happen for days but when it does it happens every couple of minutes for an hour+.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
  4. JohnWill

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    I doubt more than one person used it at the same time, since I'm normally the user. When we have a project going, there sometimes are a number of people using computers here, but they're not likely to be accessing shared data.

    I think I'd go for an internal disk, it's much faster than the USB drive anyway. :)
     
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