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There's a new league of "wireless HDDs" available out there,

For example: The Transcend Storejet Cloud and the Seagate Satellite

My question is: is it possible to make use of a wireless USB adapter in conjunction with an external USB HDD and turn it into a 'wireless HDD' of sorts?

Powering the wireless USB adapter and the external HDD can be done by using a self powered USB hub, as seen here.

I do not want to go for a NAS server based solution.

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I think you'd have to add some sort of processor between everything. – Daniel R Hicks Apr 30 '13 at 17:43
@john Not a dumb question in the slightest; see my answer below. – Aaron Miller Apr 30 '13 at 17:54
I never tried USB Wi-Fi adapter. But as per it's description, it can makes a device wireless. You need to connect to that device to access data. But since it requires power supply, your HDD need to be on power. I believe, this will be visible to your neighbours too. – Amit Gupta Mar 12 at 8:26

What you're looking for is a wireless USB hub such as this one (disclaimer: I've never used one, that's just the first Google result I found).

On one end, it has USB ports as with any USB hub; on the other end, it has a Wi-Fi radio that talks to your wireless network and exposes attached storage devices. For stuff like USB microscopes, oscilloscopes, &c., I wouldn't expect it to work, but something simple like a hard disk should be fine.

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Oh, and the one I linked acts as a powered USB hub, which I expect is usual -- so you shouldn't need to do anything special for power; unless your external HDD has a power adapter separate from the USB cable, you should be able to just plug it into the hub and be off and running. – Aaron Miller Apr 30 '13 at 17:56
wow,thanks a million aaron miller. this is just what i was looking for – john Apr 30 '13 at 18:07
thanks daniel:"I think you'd have to add some sort of processor between everything" – john Apr 30 '13 at 18:09
thanks daniel:"I think you'd have to add some sort of processor between everything".......actually i've already done something like "processor" is an android tablet.i connected my external hdd to the tablet and with a little bit of fiddling around got it to "broadcast the hdd"..........this way i can now have all data in one central place streamed wirelessly instead of using NAS server or something like that.....but i wanted to know if its possible to boot off of that hdd i.e. booting off of the external hdd having both data and os on which would be "wirelessly streamed". – john Apr 30 '13 at 18:18
AFAIK no BIOS supports wifi booting.....this is where i think what aaron said becomes useful....maybe i should be using the device he suggested instead of an android tablet in order to be able to "boot wirelessly" – john Apr 30 '13 at 18:20

just found this: iUSBport . Looks very compact and versatile. Sells for the same price as the previous suggest solution. Hope it helps.

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