Creating a network drive?

Sorry if this is the wrong place to be asking this, but how can I create a network drive that multiple things can connect to? Right now, I have file and media sharing turned on with the laptop as where the files are stored, but I can't access them on other devices if it's in sleep mode. Is there a way to create a drive that will stay active even when the laptop isn't? No new hardware would be appreciated, budget's kind of tight right now.

Also, I know next to nothing about networking. I'm happy to have my Xbox 360 play music and videos from my laptop.

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545


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If a computer is in sleep mode than the hard drive isn't running and the computer isn't access the network so no it can't be accessed by other systems while it is asleep you can however get an external drive designed for network access. As for file sharing please see this tutorial.

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro x64
    Mid 2010 iMac
    Quad core 3.2 Ghz Intel I3
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 mb ram
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Other Info


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Easiest is use a usb drive and a router that has a usb support..

What router are you using?

You might be able to setup for Wake on Lan... but not sure.

If you are looking for a real solution you should get a basic NAS. There are many levels from $20 models you plug usb drives in to, up to $1000 ones that are super duper.

But post up your router and we can help more.

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...