How do I hook up an external hard drive usb to my old laptop computer ethernet connection?

I have an old IBM notebook with only an ethernet connection available. I have a My Book external hard drive full of music that connects via USB. How do I hook up the laptop ethernet to the external drive USB? I want to play the music on the external hard drive while hooked up to the old laptop. My computer experience is limited. Thanks.

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  • Bjorn
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    You can't.

    USB and Ethernet are two completely different technologies.

    You can use a USB port to connect to the ethernet using an adapter because USB was designed to be versatile.

    But you cannot do it the other way around.

    Your only option would be to go and buy a PCMCIA USB card and install it into your laptop.

    But even then, it is not a guaranteed fix.

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  • Pamela
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    i like the chart that baudkarm posted...it really tells you what you need to know. The usb 2.0 deivces will max at 12mbs....most ethernet drives use a low-end 10mbs nic. So, it really depends on what you need it for...the ethernet drive will function as a NAS box accessible to anything on the network. The usb drive might end up being quicker and more portable, but it's functionality will be limited.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the only way to do this would be the leave the external hard drive hooked up to a newer computer. you then want to right click on the drive and select to make this drive a shared drive. then you need to connect the laptop to the same network as the new computer and search for other coputers in the "my network places folder" you should be able to see the newer computer's shared folder and then inside should be all the files from th external hard drive.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You cant connect a hard drive with an ethernet connection. Ethernet connections are only for networking.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can't It needs to be hooked up via USB only

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  • Don W
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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  • 1 decade ago

    if you have another computer then try share the drive through normal shares heres a tutorial

    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp/fil...

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