Date: Mon Mar 30 14:10:34 2009 Back to Contents ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Author: Paul Nord

Subject: Re: PC to PC


But if you had a Mac you could have done this with any firewire
cable. Firewire connections are all bidirectional like this.
Programs and all settings can be transferred with a simple migration
utility (or just copied). And it has worked that way for the last
five years or more.


On Mar 30, 2009, at 12:03 PM, Rick Tarara wrote:

> There is a caveat to such transfers. You can transfer files and
> data, but usually not programs. This is primarily due to the
> registry architecture of Windows. Without a full installation, the
> registry doesn't get set correctly. However, there is the
> possibility of ghosting--a complete transfer of one disk to another,
> creating a clone of the first machine. This is useful for schools
> trying to duplicate environments across multiple machines, but is
> usually not so useful when you buy a new machine since the OS and
> some programs are usually new and ghosting would wipe those out.
> However, if there are only a few new programs, if your are using the
> same OS, then I would advise ghosting the old to the new and then
> installing the few new programs, rather than copying files and
> having to reinstall many old programs.
> Rick
> ***************************
> Richard W. Tarara
> Professor of Physics
> Saint Mary's College
> Notre Dame, IN
> ******************************
> Free Physics Software
> PC & Mac
> *******************************
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas J. Bauer" >
> To:
> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 12:32 PM
> Subject: Re: [tap-l] PC to PC
>> writes:
>>> Tappers,
>>> Can a PC be easily connected to a second PC through a USB port to
>>> share
>>> files?
>>> Is there a special software that is needed?
>>> Thanks,
>>> - JZ
>> Yes, but you need a special USB cable, similar to using a null modem
>> serial cable. You have to
>> swap the output and input pins. Windows XP and Vista have built in
>> data
>> transfer software, that
>> I find doesn't work very well. The cable usually comes with the
>> software
>> Laplink which is
>> much easier to use.
>> Tom B

From Mon Mar 30 14:10:34 2009