Date: Mon Mar 30 14:56:32 2009 Back to Contents ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Author: Kenn Lonnquist

Subject: Re: PC to PC

Post:

I have transferred files (not programs with registry requirements)
over a crossed ethernet cord, and a firewire cord. It took me about
10 minutes to get both computers to talk to eachother, but it was
doable. And speedy!

Kenn

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM, David Tam wrote:
> Right - for a Mac, make sure you shut down one machine before plugging
> in the firewire cable, and then start it up in Target mode (by holding
> down "T" during startup). The hard drive appears like an external
> disk on the first machine. You must also shut it down before you
> unplug the cable. This is indeed a much easier method.
>
> For PCs, I prefer an ethernet crossover cable, which is easy to make.
> If the linkage is done frequently, as in my case, I put a shortlink to
> the second machine on the desktop of the first machine.
>
> David
>
>
>
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Paul Nord wrote:
>> 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.
>>
>> Paul
>>
>>
>> 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
>>> rtarara@saintmarys.edu
>>> ******************************
>>> Free Physics Software
>>> PC & Mac
>>> www.saintmarys.edu/~rtarara/software.html
>>> *******************************
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas J. Bauer"
>>>
>>> To:
>>> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 12:32 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [tap-l] PC to PC
>>>
>>>
>>>> tap-l@lists.ncsu.edu 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
>>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>



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Kenneth Lonnquist
Assistant Coordinator, Undergraduate Physics Labs
KennLonnquist@gmail.com
970.491.2540
Physics Department
Colorado State University


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