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i had a 8 port (Ethernet) router, 2tb usb external hdd, and 5 desktops,1 laptop (wifi embedded) and a epson printer.

i need to use that 2tb usb external hdd as centralized storage and as well as epson printer too.

First of all i get internet from dsl modem which has 4 ethernet ports and also wifi in it.

A wired connection from dsl moderm to router.Then i connect Ethernet wires to each pc's from router. Printer is connected to first pc.

note: my dsl modem doesn't support inter-connective so i used a all-in-one-router.

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You need to connect the external drive to the a desktop pc or laptop, then create a share to the external drive and give everyone read/write access, then other users can access to it via the \computername\sharename.

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thank you. Mr.peter.j.hutchison . But what happend that particular PC/laptop is switched off. still i need the hdd from the other pc. is it still share the hdd for data manipulation.

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No you will lose connection to it as the laptop is providing the service. If you want genuine network access independant of PCs or laptops, then you need a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device , which is basically an external HD with an Ethernet port and built in NAS services.

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If you want to reconnect, you cannot connect to another PC, set up a share on that PC, and connect via \newpcname\sharename.

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