Help me go wireless.
August 23, 2012 4:28 AM Subscribe
I want to be able to access my hard drives wirelessly, and I don't know where to start. Plus bonus question. Help!
posted by phaedon to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm feeling pretty stupid here because I should know how to do this but I don't.
Here's the deal. I spend an incredible amount of time on my computer for work. I have a laptop and I deal with large files. I want access to these files wirelessly so I can move around.
Currently at my desk, I have about 4-6 USB hard drives (and two printers) connected to a USB hub that I plug into the laptop. I keep duplicates of all my files on these hard drives. Everything works just fine when I plug in. The hard drives are really mostly for backup. When I need a file, I copy it on to my laptop and work on it. When I'm done with the file or import new files, I copy them back over, on two different hard drives.
The problem is I don't sit at my desk very often, and this has really fucked up my workflow. Basically I will connect in an emergency - like when I run out of HD space on my laptop - and I will dump all my files in ONE folder and back them up on the drives to make space. But then I don't know where anything is. And now this is starting to happen very often - and my work is starting to get lost due to my disorganization.
So help me out and get me wireless, so that I can back things up and access them without having to sit at my desk. Speed is not a huge issue, I suppose, but I do want something reasonably fast. Ease of use and reliability are definitely two major factors.
Details that might be of help. All my hard drives are connected via USB. (I think my FW port is toast, so let's not go in that direction.) I have a Cisco E1000 router that I suspect might be a piece of shit. I am willing to buy some new equipment to get this done. I do not, however, have or want a second computer. I am running Lion.
Bonus Question: For those of you that deal with large, sensitive media files, how do you sleep at night? If I were to lose any of my files I would be royally screwed. So I keep duplicates. But I'm willing to go triplicates. I just.. don't know what else to do. I'd love it if there was a convenient off-site online solution, but I am in the terabyte range and I'm not sure that's feasible.
Double Bonus Question: I don't use RAID because.. I basically don't know what it is. Is it worth figuring out?