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I want the network hard drive or drive with an ethernet port so that I don't need a computer to make it network-accessible. Is a computer required, or can I do this computer-independently with an ethernet cable attached to the HDD?

I am thinking of getting this:

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No they do not need to be connected to a computer, Network Attached Storage

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ACtuallt the system rquirement for that drive says that it requires computer with ethernet adapter but this drive… does not say that. So will the first drive require computer – Moorage Oct 12 '10 at 23:46
@Moorage, I have that WD NAS and it is great. I believe the first bullet in your other product is there because you need a computer hooked up to the same network to configure it. – Petey B Oct 12 '10 at 23:47
i also like WD but my copany wants LACAIE :) – Moorage Oct 12 '10 at 23:50
ohh that's what NAS is!! finally figured this out! :P +1 – studiohack Oct 13 '10 at 1:19

They do not need to connect directly to a computer. The consumer models generally have a built-in web server that you use to set them up.

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