Re: use second hard drive for storage-how
From: J Roberts (zilleye_at_shaw.ca)
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 13:49:58 GMT
Thanks for all the information! Excellent and I will consider my options
now, including calling in a professional to do this. Sounds like it's above
my level of competency in this area. Thanks again. Jill Roberts
"nkjg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Hi there,
> I suppose this is the right newsgroup for your question,
> since you're asking about networking two computers.
> Since it sounds like you want to use the other hard drive
> purely for storage, it sounds to me like your best course
> of action would be to simply remove it from the other
> computer and install it on your primary computer. This
> will save you the hassle of having to install Windows on
> it. Also, you'll be able to partition the drive to your
> liking for better organization and security. If something
> becomes corrupted or a file gets damaged on one of the
> partitions, then the other will stay intact (unless it's
> a hardware failure, in which case you'd be screwed in any
> case). For more info on how to do this, check out
> the "Performance and Maintenace" board
> To answer your questions (assuming you keep the hard
> drive in the other computer):
> >1. I assume I need to re-install Windows XP back onto it
> after reformatting
> >in order to use it? Yes or no?
> You will need to reinstall some form of Windows onto the
> computer after you've formatted. Otherwise, there is no
> way of having the two computers communicating. If your
> primary computer is WinXP, then you'll have the least
> amount of headaches if you put WinXP on your storage
> computer. Win95 would be a nightmare.
> >2. As it's only for storage, when I connect it to the
> other computer, does
> >it need a graphics adapter on-board?
> In order to set up that computer for networking and
> troubleshooting (chances are you'll run into some
> complications, that's life), you'll need a video card on
> the other computer to connect it to a monitor.
> >3. Do I need a router or hub to connect the two
> computers together? I'm not
> >sure how to connect them without one as I sold the
> router I was using when I
> >had them connected via a home network.
> Not necessarily. Depending on how you connect to the
> internet, you might. If you connect to the internet
> through a USB modem, then you can directly connect the
> two computers using an ethernet crossover cable. This is
> different than your standard ethernet cable, since some
> of the wires are switched (i.e. crossed over) so that you
> get a proper connection. If you use your ethernet card to
> connect to the internet, then you'll either need to get a
> router or a hub. I'd suggest a router, since they are
> typically easier to install and more secure for browsing
> the internet. Another option is to get a second ethernet
> card and install that on your primary computer and use
> that to connect to the other computer via the crossover
> >4. If there is a web site explaining how to do this
> correctly, or another
> >group, please point me in the right direction.
> This one, I don't really know.
> Hope this helps,