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Using a Desktop as Extra Storage For Laptop

Oscar writes in with a hardware question

Question:
I have a dell C. 600 notebook and I only have about nine GB of memory and I was looking to get more memory as storage but I cannot afford an external hard drive. Is there any way possible that I can use an extra desktop tower and use its memory to the fullest because I know my laptop has connections on the backside and I have seen a hard drive connected to the laptop before. The reason why I'm asking is because if I can still use it that would be great. But nobody has been able to tell me if I can still run the hard drive without using any of the memory in the laptop but I want to be able to still use the screen and the keyboard I would greatly appreciate the information thank you very much.

Answer: If this desktop is no good anymore or if you don't need to use it you can take the hard drive out of the desktop and put it in an external USB hard drive enclosure. They run around $25. Just make sure you get the kind that supports your drive such as IDE which is most likely the case.

If you do need to use the desktop then you can get a hub or switch if you don't already have one and connect them via network cables. Then you can share the drive on the desktop and save files there. Keep in mind that the desktop will have to be on for you to be able to access the shared drive. If you have a broadband internet connection that is being shared then you can hook up your laptop to that device and do the same thing.

Either one of these methods would give you more storage space without losing any of your existing space on your laptop drive.

 

 



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