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I have an external hard drive and I want to make it accessible on the web for a few friends so they can backup more easily.

I use Windows 7 Pro. What would be the best, simplest and most secure method to do this? What software should I use?

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I recommend CrashPlan it supports peer-to-peer backups. You can set it up so you backup data to your friend's computer and vise-versa. You can also backup to a local network share or an external HD

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thanks for your reply. I just installed CrashPlan and it's not quite what I'm looking for. Isn't there an Windows option, to share on the web and use a user and pass; something like Windows Remote Desktop but on online? – sebastian Apr 24 '11 at 19:00
the idea is that you add your friend as a backup destination. you have an "Invite" link in your backup destination tab. (your friend needs to install this software too...) – Asher Apr 24 '11 at 19:04
look at this video tour – Asher Apr 24 '11 at 19:05

You need to setup your machine as an FTP server .
You can use Serv-U for this purpose.
Just ensure you can access your server from outside
If you have a static Ip it should not be difficult , but if you have a dynamic ip head over to DynaDNS to help you out

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you can check this tutorial in this regard!130806/how-to-set-up-a-home-ftp-server – Shekhar Apr 24 '11 at 19:32

Another option it consider is the Pogoplug. This device lets you share any USB device. You connect the Ethernet and the USB device to the Pogoplug and then use the included software to setup sharing and you good to go. Very easy.


  • You don't have to leave your computer running all the time to have the device available.

  • Simple and easy to set up.

  • Full control over who can access the files on the USB device.

  • You can access the device via HTTP

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