How can I access my local hard drive from the internet / remotely?

Michael Magnus August 19, 2011

I would like to be able to access all my local hard drive files including documents, videos, audio, photographs, etc when I don’t have my laptop with me.

Google does some of the stuff and some sites will do pics, etc. but I need a all in one solution.

Tried the Iomega hardware and software, but it’s a piece of crap. Slow, keeps dropping off the URL and totally unmanageable.

  1. Osama
    August 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Simplest yet effective solution :

  2. Jeffery Fabish
    August 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    This is actually a perfect job for the cloud, but if you have ADSL like I do, good luck uploading all those files. 

    Have you tried SSH (Secure Shell) or remote desktop? For Windows, you can use the PuTTY SSH Client.

    If you'd rather do remote desktop, Windows has a built in remote desktop solution built-in, but it's not as good as RealVNC(Trial, but very good) or TightVNC (Free). After the initial setup, the rest is pretty easy. They both have really good documentation. 

    Other notable remote desktop clients are LogMeIn(Classified as a VPN) and Teamviewer (free) and GoTo My PC (Trial, never tried it).

    If you don't mind converting a home desktop computer into an FTP server, you could attach the storage devices to it and use an FTP Client to download the files from your home server.

  3. Mike
    August 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Right now I can think of two possible solutions:

    1. setup remote access to your computer (requires your device to be turned on, speed depends on your internet connection) e.g. via VPN connection or something like Pogoplug with an external hard drive.

    2. use some online/cloud storage or backup service e.g. Dropbox, Skydrive (limited file size and storage, depending on your requirements monthly fees)