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Connecting cpu to laptop for use of the hard drive...

by sivers / February 25, 2005 4:24 AM PST

Warning: remedial computer person here. I'm trying to connect an old cpu to my laptop so I can use its hard drive. I've connected it physically (with a 25-pin serial), but I don't know what software I need to get, or if I'm even going about this the right way. Any guidance would be most appreciated!

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What OS
by Steven Haninger / February 26, 2005 4:18 AM PST

What OS is on each. Also, a straight serial cable is not going to work. You need ones designed for communications that have the transmit and receive lines reversed so the XMIT of one connects to the RCV of the other. These connections tend to be very slow. You can get parallel communication cables that will be much faster. At least from Win98 up, no special software is needed. A communication package called LapLink was once used for your purpose. I am not sure if it still exists. It will have more features than the OS native utility can provide.

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Thank you!
by sivers / February 27, 2005 2:07 AM PST
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One has 98, the other has XP. I'm off to find the crossover cables, then I should be in business. Thank you very much!

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