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Extra Computer As Backup, Does It Need An OS?

Posted on 2006-10-27
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Last Modified: 2010-03-19
I just got a Dell Dimension 5150 to replace my old(er) Dimension 4100.  It is just sitting there so I was wondering if there was a way to set it up so I can just dump files to it (like backup of info)?  I figured I can hook it up through my router.
My real question is, does the "dump computer" have to have an operating system?  I am not sure how to set it up so it can be on and write files, but not have an OS.
Anyone have a setup like this?
Question by:Minka
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Lee W, MVP earned 400 total points
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You can't put things on another computer without the other computer running something to allow it.  So yes, you need an operating system.  Or you need to DIRECTLY connect the HARD DRIVE from the 4100 to the 5150.

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OK, that makes sense, I just wanted to make sure.
What do you mean by directly connecting the HD's?  Do you mean phyically transferring the HD OUT of the 4100 and putting it into the 5150?  Or is there some other way to connect the HD's to the 5150, but still leave them in the 4100?

FYI: The 5150 has SATA connections, but the HD's from the 4100 are EIDE.  I took out a CD-ROM drive and mounted one EIDE HD using the CD-ROM connectior.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Is there a way?  Yes... is it practical?  No.  You'd take an ATA to SATA adapter, plug it in to the 4100 hard drive, power up the machine (so you'd be wasting a HUGE amount of electricity), and run a long SATA cable into your new computer.  Really a SILLY, impractical thing to do.  You can either setup the machine as a second system or remove the hard drive and either mount it internally or in a USB or similar enclosure.

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yeah...I probably won't do that.
I think I have to get a new power supply for the 4100, which will be a pain to hunt down, but it seems like the easiest thing to do.
Thanks leew!
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