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Old 09-15-2003, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hard drive vs. storage computer question

Here's a question for those who know more about installing a secondary hard drive...

I have three computers... one acts as a server... it is a three-year old 766Mhz 30GB HP Pavillion.

Monitor and keyboard/mouse-less, it sits under my desk always on, but it houses all of my personal files, MP3s etc.

All it is, is a fancy hard drive.

I have a main computer and laptop which both hook into my dsl/network and use files of this computer.

The idea is have a central location for these files, but off of my main computers hard drive because I hate backing crap up when I reformat.

I figure I want to sell the computer system I am using for this "server" and use that money to buy a 100+GB HD.

If I install a 100+HD as a secondary HD on my main computer, first of all, can you confirm that I will be able to access it via a network?

Using windows xp.

Would this be a fairly simple way to go or would have a system outside the systems used by people be faster and safer (for the data?)
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Old 09-15-2003, 01:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sure.. share the drive via Home Networking options....

IMHO I'd keep the server... just that much easier and you have a seperate place to store your stuff.

i have a server out of an old machine... just that much easier. It's more like a NAS (networked attached storage) than a server... but still.

Besides, yer going get just a few bucks for it... save your $$ and just buy a new drive and install it in the server.
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Old 09-15-2003, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, you can share it very easily on your network. Having a server is very cool though. Especially for games.

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Old 09-15-2003, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The issue is, is that I have a son on the way and can't spart $100 for a new hard drive... I need to sell the storage computer for that amt to get the money for the hard drive.

I only have a 30GB drive in that comp... I need more space.
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Old 09-15-2003, 07:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, I hear that. My 75GB drive is pretty loaded. I'd like to pick up a 200GB drive, but those cost money, too! So, I'm forced to keep the quality stuff. Like that's a bad thing!
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Old 09-16-2003, 03:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, I hear that. My 75GB drive is pretty loaded. I'd like to pick up a 200GB drive, but those cost money, too! So, I'm forced to keep the quality stuff. Like that's a bad thing!
If you have a fileserver with 75gb, I sure hope you have atleast raid 1 going A buddy of mine had a 80 gb that shit out only a year after he bought it. He wasn't too happy when he list around 60~65 gb mp3s, movies, and data.
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