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Old 08-16-2016, 10:09 PM
 
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I have an external hard drive (WD10EZEX 1.0T) that I want to connect directly to the USB port on my Linksys WRT1900AC wifi router. My goal is to have the drive function as a central backup storage and light usage media server for several networked computers.

I'm looking at this as a possibility 3.5" External Hard Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 | CT35ENCLOSEUSB3 | Crucial.com. I don't need a full-blown NAS setup, and definitely don't want to spend $100 or more.

My only hesitation is that the enclosure doesn't have a controller chip or OS of any kind included. I want to be sure that it's not needed, and that the router can handle a bare, formatted drive. Does anyone here have experience with this type of setup?
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:15 PM
 
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Here ya go.

List of supported drives
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:33 PM
 
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By connecting a drive to your router's USB port, you are technically creating a NAS setup.
The SATA controller is on that little circuit board in your enclosure.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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After talking to Linksys, they confirmed that most hard drives will work once they're recognised by the router. So I went ahead and bought the Crucial enclosure. I'll update how (if) it works once the order arrives.
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