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I have an old Seagate Central external hard-drive which has a USB-A and Ethernet port. It's meant to be connected to a router and accessed remotely; with the USB-A port used for chaining an additional drive.

I don't have access to connect the drive to my router though and I don't have a USB-A to USB-A cable at the moment to try that. I do have an Ethernet to Thunderbolt adapter so I've tried running an ethernet cable directly to my computer from the drive. In the network settings I activated the port and it immediately self-assigned itself an IP.

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It showed up in the Finder sidebar but any attempt to open it in Finder fails.

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I'm thinking that perhaps the port configuration is not correct or I need to be using a (I have some spare connectors I can swap out and make it a cross-over cable but not gonna do it unless I'm sure that's the problem).

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    You need to configure the drive. If it's configured to get its IP address using DHCP, you need to configure a DHCP server on your machine. Having your interface configured to DHCP will only work if the drive is a DHCP server, which seems very unlikely. – David Schwartz May 22 '15 at 6:48
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Thanks to David's comment I figured out how to make it work.

I first activated the DHCP service within OSX using the command sudo /bin/launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/bootps.plist

Once that was done, in the network system preferences I set it to manual and filled in the fields with default values.

Then it worked.

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  • To disable the DHCP service sudo /bin/launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/bootps.plist – davidcondrey May 22 '15 at 7:01

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