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#1 jburd1800

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 03:35 PM

I currently use a external harddrive to back up photos etc. Am thinking about redundancy in backup and am looking for another location.
What I'm curious about is can a differant computer be used as a external hdd, and if so, is there a usb cable that will do this. Will there be any conflict between the 2 OS. I have 2 older computers that I'm not using .
If the above won't work, and I pull an hdd out of one of the older ones and mount it in the computer I'm using, will there be a problem with the OS on the old hdd.
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:25 PM

For external storage, I like FreeNAS. You install the OS on the HDDs of an old computer and hook it into your router via ethernet and then access it as a shared drive on the computer you normally use. That way you get good data transfer speeds, don't have to mess with any USB cables and the requisite connection problems. Plus, obviously, you can turn it off when you don't need access to it and other computers on the network can easily get access to it as well if you want them to. Plus #2, you can set up remote access to it via FTP. http://www.freenas.org/
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:30 PM

Sounds to me...as if those are all hard drive connectivity/access issues/questions, with the end result being the same.

Whether it's an external drive (in an enclosure)...a hard drive directly attached to the motherboard...or a hard drive on a different computer system which is networked or cabled so that data can be shared...the result is the same if all devices are functioning properly.

Personally, I would never make things more complicated when devising strategies.

Why even think of another computer system...when I can simply remove the drive from that system...and achieve my purppse?

Why use an external drive...when I have an open spot on my motherboard to directly connect a drive?

If you are not using the older computers...why retain an O/S install on a hard drive that you can put to use for storage...directly attached to the system you actively use?

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:42 PM

Sounds to me...as if those are all hard drive connectivity/access issues/questions, with the end result being the same.

Whether it's an external drive (in an enclosure)...a hard drive directly attached to the motherboard...or a hard drive on a different computer system which is networked or cabled so that data can be shared...the result is the same if all devices are functioning properly.

Personally, I would never make things more complicated when devising strategies.

Why even think of another computer system...when I can simply remove the drive from that system...and achieve my purppse?

Why use an external drive...when I have an open spot on my motherboard to directly connect a drive?

If you are not using the older computers...why retain an O/S install on a hard drive that you can put to use for storage...directly attached to the system you actively use?

Louis


Pretty much what I was thinking. What do I do to clear/clean the old hdd before installing it on the computer I'm using. Any software to do it with?

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:07 PM

You don't have to do anything before attaching it :thumbsup:.

Just attach it, make sure that the jumpers on it are set correctly...and once Windows is booted, it will see it as an added drive.

You can then use the Disk Management function to delete the existing partitions on the drive...and then create new primary partitions that you can use for storage.

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/partition-and-format-a-disk-in-windows/

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 11:30 PM

Thank you a bunch......

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 10:04 AM

Easily done, you are welcome...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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