Buying a computer system/Sharing 2 ext HD's with 2 PCs

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Greetings:
Again thanks for all your help. My new Lenovo and  old VAIO or
set up side-by-side using the KVM...works like a charm.

I have a 1TB ext WD HD and also a smaller ext. Iomega HD Both are USB. My VAIO is XP and new Lenovo windows 8. I found this switch
which mentions XP but not windows 8. Goal: Give both PC's access to both ext hard drives using a switch similar to the KVM but here 2 ext HDs to 2 PCs. Would this switch work or do you know of another that would do the job? Would the switch have any negative impact when either PC is accessing them? Thanks.

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/DISTRIBUTED-BY-MCM-SS2320-/83-11851

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The switch will not work as desired, and I wouldn't bother with a switch in this situation anyways. Assuming both machines are networked (if I remember correctly you said they were), attach the drives to one of the machines and share them via the network; you'll be able to access them in real time.

More information:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/f (Windows XP)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/share-files-folders (Windows 8)

In both cases it follows the rough formula of:

- Connect up the drive
- Right click on it's icon, and select "Properties"
- Select the "Sharing" sub-menu from the Properties box
- Enable "Sharing" on the network
- On other computers, access the drive via the network (My Network, Network Places, etc)

I would probably "host" the drives on whichever machine is powered up more often, so that they're accessible more often.

-bob

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