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transferring data between 2 PC's ?

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I have decided to use my main PC mostly as a DAW and occasional web browser
and use my old P3 for downloading and uploading our files to each other,and
other day to day web stuff like mail and so-on.

i'm in a guitar recording forum where we send each other lots of files,as we all
have different things we're good at and some mix,some play bass,some like me just
play stuff.
The problem with all this is if you use a PC as a DAW with pretty high CPU load and
wanting as much free RAM as poss and above all else totally stable.Then That's not very
happy being used as an office,browser media and DVD player as well.
It's OK to start with but once you've got lots of audio plug-in's and VST's installed
they can crash as mine has in the past several times and i'm using 1 gig of ram too.

Hence freeing up my main PC,by using my P3 for more mundane day-to-day stuff.

Other guys already do this as it is definitely the best solution,but they're wealthier than
me so i've thought of using my P3 instead.They're just using 2 good PC's because they can afford

So that's the reason for using it,but how do i transfer the data from my P3 to my main PC ?
I want to avoid burning discs,as we've got tons of discs already as you can imagine from recording.

The 2 PC's can be right next to each other if i wish and the P3's a base unit not tower like my better one.
Is there some way in XP pro of doing this ? both are running XP pro BTW,or will i need to use some App to
do it ?
I haven't got Firewire in either PC,but can i do it with bluetooth ?The P3 has only 2 USB ports but there
BOTH free.Can it be done by USB connection ?
Can it be part of a LAN ? the P3's pretty old but the motherboard on my better one has a LAN socket,which the
P3 doesn't have ?
I don't mind which way really,cable or wireless just so long as it's reasonably fast and very stable.

I've never done this before,all i've ever done is burn CD's/DVD's,save data to my MP3 player[only 128 MB]
and up and dowload over the internet,so it's the best solution for me but i haven't a clue how to do it.
Thanks guys[and girls].
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Connect the 2 PC's with a cross cable.
Make a share on the first PC and download all you want from that share.
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Since you want both computers to have access to the internet the best plan would be to use a router and just have your own LAN. With XP pro its esay to setup and if you buy a plain ol router it is easy to setup also. i run one of these.


Setting up a LAN is easy with XP.





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