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1 usb into 2 computers?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by joemorris86, 4 Mar 2006.

  1. joemorris86


    Joined: 30 Jan 2005

    Posts: 467

    Is this possible, I have an external hard drive, a laptop and a pc. Is there anything i can buy which allows me to have the HD plugged into both my laptop and pc at the same time?
  2. Six6siX


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 4,787

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Possibly a USB switch?

    One of those things commonly used for non-LAN printers shared between several PC's. You can get manual switch ones and automatic ones (but I think they are quite expensive).
  3. Otacon


    Joined: 10 Jan 2004

    Posts: 21,923

    Location: All over

    And probably quite unsuitable for disk I/O. I don't think you can do what you want (how you want it) - best bet would be networking the two and sharing it from one machine
  4. Six6siX


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 4,787

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Not saying that you're wrong, but why would it be unsuitable for disk I/O? Just curious... :)
  5. BigDom

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

    Posts: 1,852

    Location: Birmingham

    Both PC's trying to access the same data at the same time or write data to the same part of the disk would be the main problems. In a networked environemtn the server software would handle it.
  6. chaparral


    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,650

    Location: Guernsey

    This is what i use..


    You can see the manual switch on the top for switching the four USB ports between two pc's.