From what you've said, the dude has a bigger problem. He is not
making backups. If he were, you could backup one machine and restore
to another. The solution with to get an external hard drive and copy
everything to it. The pick and choose what you want to move between
computers after everything is on the external drive.
However, putting in a small (cheap) network is a better idea in the
long run but doesn't address the backup issue.
Oh, that opens up a heck of an idea. I wonder if he could
get a free trial Carbonite account. Load everything up. And
then load it to the other computer. Send me the log and
pass. I can then load up to the Carbonite a lot of stuff,
and then make a backup of his stuff.
Or better yet, use the paid carbonite. Upload all of his stuff. Get
his id and pass. Then use it yourself with his payment to you for
helping him being that he just paid for a year of carbonite. if I
refer you I get a free month or something like that.
It's a little slow on the upload, so a small network and a NAS might
be a better solution for him as primary backup.
If both computers have network cards, use what's called a crossover cable.
this will eliminate the need for the router someone mentioned
Be sure both computers are set to the same workgroup and both have file
Do files to be shared have to be in a certain folder, or maybe the
folder has to be listed somewhere? I've never done this, but I think
I read that somewhere?
As to USB2, wouldn't having a faster USB port also speed up the
flashdrive? Even if it doesn't, I don't assume he's moving the whole
system and I don't see a problem using the flash drive. When I had
dial up, while webpages downloaded, I read my email and my newsgroups.
He can get an 8 gig flashdrive, or a 4 or 2 but the big one isn't that
much more money. They may have 16 by now, or greater. Soon 8 will be
the smallest and they'll be giving 4 away as premiums. Ilike my sanza
flashdrive with U2, I think it is, because data and qualified programs
can both reside on it, and all I have to do is plug it into any XP or
higher USB port and I can run my programs with my flashdrive without
bothering their hard drive. Plus there is plenty room for other
Just right click on the folder you want, select sharing and share it
I just have one called backup on my server machine and drag every
thing into it I want to backup from other machines. That is on a
RAIDed pair of drives (mirrored)
On a machine containing stuff you want others to use, you announce to the
network what "resource" you will share with others. You give that resource a
name by which it will be known to the network. That resource could be a
printer or a disk folder (directory).
For example, if you want others to be able to view your
"C:\\BadFarmGirlsAndGoats" folder, you right-click the "BadFarmGirlsAndGoats"
folder name, pick the "Properties" option, then select the "Sharing" tab.
This allows you to assign a network name (i.e., "DailyPrayers") to this
folder and set a couple of other options.
Thereafter, other users on the network have the capability of adding access
to this shared resource to their own machines. On these other machines,
you'll use the "Map Network Drive" function.
Most folks used to us Lap-Link for the purpose but
it's so easy now with what's already there. Small
network switch or cross over cable will do the
trick. Google "how to share files on win computers",
there is so much available on The Internet now
that I can't get most folks to pay me to set it
up for them, DARN!
Did he buy the flash drive at harbor freight? I know lots of folks think
if it looks the same it must be the same but there is a huge difference
in speeds of flash drives. It becomes very, very evident when you are
dealing with lots of data.
Suppose he takes a USB cable, from one computer to the
On Tue, 28 Jul 2009 20:33:41 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
A hub will do the job. It can be Ethernet or USB. Both machines need
to set up a shared folder and Vista has some security options you may
need to change for it to be visible on the local LAN. If there only a
couple files, a flash drive is the way to go. There may be a
crossover cable that can be used for two computers, instead of a hub.
A USB cable can supply a few watts of power, not enough to power a
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