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Hello everyone!

I was just wondering on how I could basically make my second HDD which I use for things like Video's, Picture's etc available online for me to use when I'm say at a freinds house rather than placing everything on a USB Dongle?

So initially I want to make my second HDD available online?

Does anyone know a good solution to this?

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Yeah, you can do that in a couple of ways.

The safest way is to set up a VPN. If you have a dynamic IP from your ISP that changes whenever you reconnect, you'll need to set up dynamic dns (dyndns.org and some other places do it free), so you'd then have an address like lukeibob.dyndns.org to point the VPN client at (I'd recommend looking at openvpn), then once you're connected to the VPN it's just like you're on your LAN at home - so any shares you have set up etc. will be accessible in the normal way.

The problem you're going to have with videos is unless you have a fast upstream speed from your ISP, your connection will be too slow to access them - mostly upstream is really slow, so no matter whether the friends house has 20 mbps down, if you only have 0.5mbps up at your house, that's as fast as you can download.

Even if it's slow, it'll likely be fine for pictures, mp3s etc. just maybe not videos.
 

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Is your computer behind a router? If so, you will have to open a port on the router, and the software firewall if you're running one.

You want one way access (your computer -> friends house) and don't care about it being publicly available? Simple http server, open port 80. http://en.kioskea.net/faq/2568-tinyweb-server-on-windows

You want one way access with slight security? http://sourceforge.net/projects/miniweb/

You want one way access with real security? nginx.org

You want two way access with no security (publicly available) or real security?http://filezilla-project.org/

you want to be lazy? dropbox
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If the content is not private and it will not compromise security if the data is intercepted or modified in transit, set up FTP server such as FileZilla and use software that maps FTP server as a local drive. Probably the one I used was called Ftpuse.

If it is private like drunk party pictures or security critical such as installation files, set up VPN connection. It is somewhat more complicated than FTP but have more advantages.
 

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Originally Posted by partyboy75 View Post

If the content is not private and it will not compromise security if the data is intercepted or modified in transit, set up FTP server such as FileZilla and use software that maps FTP server as a local drive. Probably the one I used was called Ftpuse.

If it is private like drunk party pictures or security critical such as installation files, set up VPN connection. It is somewhat more complicated than FTP but have more advantages.
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Originally Posted by lukeibob View Post

Cheers

I was thinking more of a FTP style

I have a upload speed of 1-2 MBps and a download speed of around 7-8MBps. It all depends on what devices on my network are braying the router.
Thanks for the reply's!

Its just some random files that I can access any where really. Similar to that of Dropbox, I can access it anyway but the storage is only 2GB unless you upgrade (fee obviously)
I will probably just go with server type sharing such as Filezilla

Cheers!
 
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