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is there a v. straightfoward way of accessing files on my old computer via my laptop?
Not enough brands on dan's site?
have blossomed into something beautiful - or at least something conclusive - but you had to go and kill it
September 2006, I no longer had room for a desktop ... so I sent everything back to my parents house except for the tower. and then i bought a laptop.
how straightforward it is depends on the hardware you have in each, though.
1) Get a USB caddy/holder thing for the hard drive so you could just remove it and then plug it into your laptop.
2) get a network crossover cable and plug the two units together and then find each other on the network, but unless you already shared the folders this might not work out how you wanted.
3) You could do '2' wirelessly but again, unless you happened to 'share' your entire hard drive prior to your last use of the computer, probably not.
4) 2 or 3 but first run remote desktop in order to control your old computer (oh, did you turn that on before your shut it down?) and share everything.
it's option 1, then ... what is a caddy/holder thing? I'm not sure I understand...
Look, you know you get external hard drives that connect to your computer via a USB cable?
Well you can buy that but it doesn't have a hard drive in it and you just plug an existing hard drive into it so you can access it as if it were just a USB external. Make sense?
it does ... and you reckon that'll work?
I've never tried it myself.
I have a couple, pretty cheap on ebay, about £30 in regular shops. Just make sure the jumpers are set correctly on the drive