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How can I access a disk from my other computer?


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#1 Number_6

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:40 AM

I have 2 working XP machines, A and B. I would like to be able to remove the disk from B, and then be able to read it, as data, on machine A. Can I just insert disk B into machine A, and then read it as E: or whatever? If not, what must I do to be able to read it?

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:57 AM

Are you talking about taking the hard drive out of one and installing it in the other as a secondary/slave drive?
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:47 AM

Required Field: that is exactly what I want to do.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:33 PM

You will be able to see all files...but you won't be able to run Windows or any of the programs on that disk...or access any of the files under the Docs/Settings group.

You can overcome this routine aspect (inability to access Docs/Settings group) by taking ownership of the files.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

If the drives are PATA/IDE...you must be sure that you change the jumper setting to agree with the setting on the second system. If the second system boot hard drive is set to Master, then you must change the jumper setting on the moved hard drive to Slave. If the second system hard drive is set to Cable Select, change the hard drive setting on the moved drive to Cable Select.

If they are SATA drives...no jumpers are involved.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:41 PM

Hamluis, many thanks.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:55 PM

Let us know when all turns out well :).

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:55 PM

Hamluis, I will--but it will be a few months till I am back at the site that has Computer A.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:57 PM

In that case...you know where we are if you have problems.

Happy computing :).

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