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Link Two Computers with USB

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I have a Lenovo machine and I want to access data (periodically) from a nearby Dell machine without networking. What options are available?

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  1. Solution Center on Dec 20, 2010

    According to my records, the Lenovo machine is running Windows XP SP3. I assume that the Dell machine is also running XP.

    Read this article. If both machines are running Vista, you don’t need any special software:

    You can find the cables at Best Buy, but make sure they support Windows XP:

    Dynex™ – USB 2.0 File Transfer Adapter for PC and Mac from Best Buy

    Personally, I would just yank the hard-drive out of the old machine and install it into an enclosure that allows for a USB connection. It would look like an external hard drive:

    Rocketfish™ – Hard Drive Enclosure Kit for 3.5″ SATA Hard Drives

    With this option, you wouldn’t need to have the old machine running and connected at all times. In an emergency, you could just plop the hard drive back into the old machine and fire it up.

    Why do you reject networking with an ethernet cable?

    You should also consider a mirror drive for the Lenovo: http://www.ehow.com/how_6030241_mirror-hard-drives.html

    That solution will give you the redundancy you crave…

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