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The Coronavirus pandemic changed the way we work forever. While work-from-home was initially intended to be a temporary arrangement to limit the spread of COVID-19, more and more workers are opting to stay partially or fully remote from now on.
For those with teams who operate remotely, Remote Desktop Connection quickly established itself as an essential and indispensable tool for redirecting USB devices to remote desktop.
Today’s article is one from a series that focuses on helping users answer the question: “how to set up the remote desktop connection on my computer to an external hard drive”, and more...
If you’re interested in learning more about working with different devices via remote desktop (like how to access external drive from remote desktop connection, for example), keep reading.
USB Network Gate makes it incredibly easy to use an external hard drive on the remote desktop. The software solution redirects the external hard drive to the remote desktop by virtualizing physical USB devices and making them usable through a computer’s USB port during RDP.
This software tool even lets users configure their active remote desktop session to access locally connected external drives on the remote desktop, providing the same level of control as one would experience if the device was directly plugged into the client computer in use.
✅ On-the-go hard drive reconnection
Usually, after unplugging and reattaching a hard drive to a computer, users must restart their remote desktop session to access the device again. However, USB Network Gate negates the need for users to restart their remote desktop sessions each time a hard drive is reconnected. The device automatically appears (and is available to connect with) in the RDP session.
✅ Reverse connections
USB Network Gate makes it possible to easily access hard drives that are plugged into computers to which the user connects via RDP.
✅ Advanced safety and security
USB Network Gate utilizes advanced security encryption protocols that prevent your transmitted data from being accessed by unauthorized users. Password protection is also available, meaning that only users with the password can access specific external drives via remote desktop.
✅ Cross-platform hard drive redirection
USB Network Gate is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems allowing users to easily share devices between different platforms. Regardless of whether they share the same operating system or not, any computer can be configured as a “server” or “client” machine.
It’s possible to have access to local disk drives on a remote computer during RDP sessions. Users can redirect their local disk drives (hard disk drives, CD-ROM disk drives, mapped network disk drives, etc...), allowing them to transfer files between a local host machine and a client computer. All of this is much the same as copying files via a network share.
Microsoft Windows Explorer allows users to see the files and disk drives on each redirected disk drive. Users can also view redirected disk drive files in My Computer. Drives will be displayed as follows: "drive_letter on terminal_server_client_name" in Windows Explorer and My Computer.
Use Remote Desktop to copy files from the local hard drive by opening Remote Desktop Connection:> Click “Show Options”> Choose “Local Resources” tab > Click “More”.
Then choose the drive(s) needed for the remote session.