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Linking two computers through a serial cable

by jackets0688 / February 16, 2004 9:03 AM PST

I have recently assembled a new computer and I need to get my music off of my old comp. I found out that you can use a serial link cable to connect two computers. But the only problem is that I only have one mouse, monitor and the old comp. no longer has a cd rom or a floppy drive. I was wondering if I could plug the old comp. in link them together and draw the music off of the other hard drive.

If you cannot do this or you know how to do this or you have a simpler solution, please email me at

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Read this one...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2004 12:49 AM PST


2. While you may read about moving the hard disk, remember that this is not without risk.

3. You've revealed you never did have a backup. What was the plan when the hard disk stopped spinning or the machine vanished? I hope today's plan works better!


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Moving the HDD, a risk? Bob, I'm curious ..
by Rosalie / February 19, 2004 3:14 PM PST
In reply to: Read this one...

can you tell me what is the risk or why it happens?

I have connected a HDD from one PC, as a slave to another PC, booted up and the slave showed up as another drive letter on the master HDD in Explore. I was then able to copy the files from the slave to the master that my friend wanted transferred.

However, another friend when attempting to do this, messed up the OS on the master HDD when he booted up.

Why, what goes wrong?

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Re:Moving the HDD, a risk? Bob, I'm curious ..
by James Denison / February 20, 2004 2:05 PM PST

Your friend probably had his single hard drive on the Slave plug of a CS type IDE cable and then plugged the other drive onto the Master plug. From that point he was probably confused about what had happened and made it worse trying to recover, when he just needed to swap the drive plugs.

If he didn't have a CS type data cable such as all the new 80 wire ones are, then he likely had both drives set as a master with the pins on their backside creating a problem he made worse by not realizing his mistake and trying to "recover" his system.

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