Networking External Hard Disk

I have a HP external hard drive and would like to put it on my network so it can be accessed by other computers on the nextwork. Any assistance would be appreciated,
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  1. Welcome.

    3 steps.

    1 make sure all computers are on the same workgroup (win xp - rt click my computer > properties > computer name) (win 7 - search "workgroup" from the start orb.)

    2 plug in the hd into one of the pc's. in my computer rt click on it and select properties. sharing tab - press share, and set a name.

    3 on the other machines, rt click on my computer - map network drive. browse to the first computer and select the share that you created. it will appear under whichever drive letter you choose.
  2. David 617 said:
    Welcome.

    3 steps.

    1 make sure all computers are on the same workgroup (win xp - rt click my computer > properties > computer name) (win 7 - search "workgroup" from the start orb.)

    2 plug in the hd into one of the pc's. in my computer rt click on it and select properties. sharing tab - press share, and set a name.

    3 on the other machines, rt click on my computer - map network drive. browse to the first computer and select the share that you created. it will appear under whichever drive letter you choose.


    Thanks for the reply David;
    I do not know if it matters but each of my 3 computers are running different OS's. 1 running Windows Vista, 1 running Windows 7, and 1 running Windows XP. Does it matter which computer I pug the HD into?
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