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Connecting two computers

by kaliix / October 9, 2005 5:03 AM PDT

I just built a new machine, but I still have all of my old files on my old machine. If both systems are running Windows 2000 and are hooked up to the same router/hub, what is the easiest way to transfer files from one machine to another? I am trying to avoid burning to disc and I want to keep all of my files on my old machine?

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Just network them with a few settings.
by Steven Haninger / October 9, 2005 10:33 AM PDT

You need to set up sharing of drives and/or folders which is done through explorer by doing a right click, select sharing and answer a few questions. You need to determine a workgroup name or you can use the Windows default. You give each machine a unique name which you will recognize. The above is done through My Computer/properties. Next you go to the Control Panel and network icon. Make sure file and print sharing are checked. I am presuming that your router provides the IP addresses so we will skip that for now. If not, you may need to set up static addresses. Now you need to validate users across the network. The easy way is to make sure that both your PCs require a username/password at startup. Define the same user on both machines...same name and password. This should automatically give access to the remote PC. These are the basics. There could be other issues such as firewalls but do this first and see if you can get both to show in your network neighborhood.

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map a drive to the old machine
by Mojo_58 / October 10, 2005 3:20 AM PDT

From your new machine you can map a drive to the old machine. 2000 creates network shares by default. The syntax looks like such...


From the command prompt you would type...

Net Use X: \\Old-Machine\C$

Old-Machine being the computer name of your old machine. C$ being the share of the C drive. You can use any drive letter you have available up to Z.

You can also right-click on Network Places and select map network drive. Pick an available letter. In the Folder box put in the \\Old-Machine\C$ as the share name.

Hope this helps.

Edward Fox

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