So after reading an article about setting up a Raspberry Pi as a network attached storage, I decided to set mine up as such. It was a fun venture and I created my own little device to power the HDD (as it wants at least an amp of current, which the Pi cannot supply through the usb).
I got my inspiration from http://www.howtogeek.com/139433/how-to-turn-a-raspberry-pi-into-a-low-power-network-storage-device/ , which was pretty much the basis for my project. I started by accessing a thumb drive, and then moved to my external hard drive. About half of the aformentioned atricle pertained to me, as I don't really have necessity for redundant drives, but the knowledge was definitely insightful.
I've been learning a lot with the Raspberry Pi lately, and have many more projects I'd like to embark on. So many projects, so little Pi