Posted 20 May 2007 - 05:05 AM
Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:32 AM
Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:43 AM
Yes, you can connect the two computers so that one is used as a file server/storage. Do you currently have them connected? If not, you have some options:
1. Direct connection via Cat5e cross-over cable
2. Network connection via router
If you don't want to maintain the second computer, or if it isn't working very well, you can pull the hard drive out and install it in the first computer as a secondary drive or purchase a USB hard drive enclosure for it. It depends on how portable you might want the storage drive to be.
If you go the second route, you could then scavenge parts off the second computer and sell them or use them for replacement parts for the first computer (if they're similar) or sell them.
Does that answer your questions?
Posted 20 May 2007 - 07:09 PM
I also wonder...am I able to have the second drive available online as a remote storage, so that I can access files from any computer VIA FTP or something?
Edited by interpolarity, 20 May 2007 - 07:17 PM.
Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:54 PM
Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:03 AM
And yes technicaly can also can have the 2nt drive online however your EULA with either the OS or your ISP may prohibit it on both of those situations.
Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:29 PM
Posted 21 May 2007 - 03:15 PM
the basic answer is that TO MY KNOWLEDGE...you can't cluster two desktop computers without a special OS...the overhead on which would be too high for you to get any advantages from it
Posted 21 May 2007 - 05:13 PM
Posted 21 May 2007 - 07:27 PM
and anyway, I might end up taking the second tower w/ me to after I leave home, and install Ubuntu on it, so for now, i want it intact...
in my mind, and an easy world, I connect the two towers, and the computer considers tower 2 as drive F: for example....I hope I am clear
Posted 21 May 2007 - 07:38 PM
As I've stated previously, we need to figure out how you want to connect the two computers.
1. You can buy a Cat5e cross-over cable and connect it to the ethernet cards in both computers. That may not be a good solution if computer 1 must rely on that port for internet access. Here's a link that gives more direct connect options.
2. Or if you already have a router, you can connect them that way. See this G2G Home Networking Guide, Post #3, for instructions on connecting 1 to ? computers.
Hope this helps.
Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:17 PM
thanks a lot...i'll post back w/ problems, or success (hopefully the latter)...thanx again!
Posted 24 May 2007 - 10:25 AM
Posted 24 May 2007 - 06:23 PM
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