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Cant connect my 1TB WD world edition to my linksys router

I have a western digital 1TB world edition (blue ring).

when i plug the HDD to my laptop (running vista premium 32bits) via the network connection, no problem my laptop can see it in the network connections and i can acces it and put some files in it.

but now, ive plugged the HDD to my router instead (linksys 610N) to share it with other computers, and i cant see it anymore, neither on the network connection nor on the computers in network...

ive instaled the mionet and the WD backup software, but still nothing...

the HDD is in NTFS format and i think i need to reformat it to FAT32 format, but i dont know how to do so...

do i need to get the IP address of my HDD to set a DNS in the router?

if anyone knows what are the steps to acces the HDD via the router, please help me.

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  • veronicaxg3 Jul 13, 2009

    thanks for your answer.

    when you say "change the ip adres to manual, and insert the proper information" do you mean that ive to go to the internet protocol properties of my network connection when the HDD is connected to the computer, then click on "use the following IP address" and put the following informations:

    IP address: 192.168.1.254
    subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    default getaway:192.168.1.1

    then it asks for the preferred and alternate DNS server. do i need to put a DNS server? if so how do i find out which one?

    thanks

  • Boullie May 11, 2010

    the hdd shouldn't be formatted as ntfs... most likely it's ext3, since it runs a (small) linux kernel. you don't need the mionet thingy, will only slow down your pc... anyhoo, how I solved this problem for me: 1) find out your ip-range when you are normally connected to your lan (if you say "linksys", it's most likely to be 192.168.1.*) 2) connect your drive directly to your pc 3) navigate to the drive using the web interface 4) change the ip adres to manual, and insert the proper information (I suggest using an ip-adres somewhere in the end of the range. e.g.: 192.168.1.254, also don't forget to enter the gateway and dns server (most likely to be 192.168.1.1) 5) save settings 6) connect the drive to your lan 7) connect your pc to your lan 8) connect to the drive using \\192.168.1.254 (or any other IP you gave). should work fine

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Your My Book World should not be formatted or you will lose all ability to access it through the Network -- it will simply become a hard-drive at that point. There is software installed on the hard-drives that communicate with your Router in order to obtain an IP and be available as a Network Drive. If the drive and the Router are communicating, you should see an IP in the DHCP list of your Router. It is possible that the My Book World is not setup for DHCP, so if it is placed in an alternate environment with incompatible static IPs, it won't be able to access the Internet or be available locally. You can try a hardware reset on the drive and see if it pops up in your Router's DHCP/Client list, at which point it should also appear locally and over MioNet (MioNet will need to register the device to an account before it will appear in MioNet, but it must detect the drive locally in order to attach).

1. Turn off My Book World
2. Identify the reset button on the back of My Book World
3. Depress the reset button while restarting My Book World
4. Keep the reset button depressed for about 10 seconds after you see blue lights on My Book World

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