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Scabrous Birdseed
14-11-2006, 18:16:21
Right. We've got two computers set up at my student radio station, one new one which we use on air for jingles and stuff and an old one that's basically a single-purpose reference server, recording everything we broadcast because it's a legal requirement.

Now, the old one's hard drive is almost full. The new one, on the other hand, has oodles of hard drive space and we'd like to put everything already recorded there instead to free up space. Now, there are about three ridiculously slow ways of getting the files over:

(a) Take off the inevitably ill-designed cases of the two PCs, vainly attemt to guess what jumper settings will make the HD of the old one slave to the new one, fiddle with tightly-wedged IDE cables, do seventynine reboots and try to get it all done before five when both computers have to be up and running.

(b) Email the clueless network guy to see if we are able to share stuff between the PCs, both of which are connected to the internet via the LAN but can't access anything else. Wait a week for him to deny the request, because he works as a receptionist most days.

(c) Try to do some shit with cables. In my day (2001) this would have been done with a creaky parallel cable and win 95, but this is dozens of gigabytes of data we're talking about.

So, er, can I do it somehow using USB cables or connecting the two network cards directly or do I have to resign myself to doing (a) yet again?

14-11-2006, 18:52:59
cross over cable between the two network cards.

or you can buy a USB cable that will do it but that will be much much slower (at least the version I have is).

15-11-2006, 09:27:04
Buy a 1/2gb usb memory stick. Do the transfer manually.

Scabrous Birdseed
15-11-2006, 10:16:48
That's a fairly good idea. How much would one of those cost?

15-11-2006, 10:41:19
You could pick up a 1GB for about 9.99

They're very cheap. You could even get an external hard drive for about 30.00

16-11-2006, 13:37:54
I believe the answer is "a nine dollar crossover cable from Radio Shack" or the equivalent for your area. :P - more or less what's been said already



16-11-2006, 15:30:30
Crossover cable definitely. If you can't fit everything on the memory stick it's annoying as shit to keep switching that thing back and forth and copying files.

16-11-2006, 18:32:55
The memory stick will probably be the more useful thing to own after the transfer is complete though.

Resource Consumer
16-11-2006, 19:28:38
couldn't you dump everything onto your (or someone else's) iPod. That could be up to 80 x faster than the memory stick :)