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I forgot my external HD today, and I have to migrate user settings.  What would be the best way to connect two desktops?  They both have serial, USB1.0, NIC, and Modem ports.  
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by:Naser Gabaj
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Greetings moransa,

NIC is the best and much faster

Good Luck!
Naser
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by:mcsween
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NIC is going to be your best option.  If you have a hub/switch then just plug them both into it and assign IPs on the same network

PC 1 - IP: 192.168.1.100, Subnet: 255.255.255.0
PC 2 - IP: 192.168.1.101, Subnet: 255.255.255.0

If you don't have a switch/hub then you will have to use a crossover cable.
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by:Naser Gabaj
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moransa
Unless you upgraded your USB 1.0 to USB 2.0 then there will be much difference in the speed which will be 480 MB instead of 100 MB for NIC.
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by:moransa
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Both PCs plugged into common ethernet switch, IPs, subnets assigned as described above.  Files are shared, still cannot connect or open shared files
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by:mcsween
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Are you getting an error?  How are you trying to access the files?  Are you using the IP address or netbios name to try and access the other PC?

If these pcs are in a workgroup then you will have to make sure you are using the same username/password on both machines to be able to share files.
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by:camacho_marco
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NIC Is the way to go, enable File and Print SHaring from Microsoft in your NIC Properties. WHat OS are you using???
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by:Naser Gabaj
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Since it's between only 2 PC's why don't you just use a cross over cable, and finish the story??
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by:moransa
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No crossover cable.  The user had an external hdd, so we used that.  
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by:camacho_marco
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split points :)
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by:moransa
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NO.  The solution was an external HD, nothing listed here.  Although they may all work in one scenario or another, they did not here.  I solved it myself, so no one should get points for making untested suggestions.  
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