Solved Backup files through a network

January 27, 2017 at 03:19:02
Specs: Windows
Hi, i want to dual boot my computer (windows and zorin OS) so for that i need to backup my files. The computer i am using is a new one so there is a warranty seal and to add a hard drive i need to take it to a shop. and i don't have access to any portable hard drives. but there is a old computer (hard drive in it) that i can use. so can i connect the old computer through a network and backup my files though the network or will that be a difficult thing to do. please reply asap thank you!

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January 27, 2017 at 05:33:35
Hi Laksha,

for such queries you should always provide the make and *FULL* model number of the device concerned.

Also the Windows version can help.

If your computer has a usb port, it should be possible to use that for backups, to memory sticks, or maybe even an external drive.
This is probably easier than involving a network.
Consider also Cloud Storage which is often free if there is not too much data.

Always have more than one backup copy and generations of such, as Memory Sticks can fail.

Consider also backing up the Windows system,
Generally one (often referred to as 'Factory Installation') is provided with a pc, sometimes in a hidden partition on the HDD.
If so, it should be copied to external storage.

It is worth test reading backups, and/or restoring a file or two, occasionally to check the process is working.

Good Luck - Keep us posted

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January 27, 2017 at 11:53:47
You can purchase an external hard drive.
You can purchase a case for your other hard drive and use that as an external (assuming that you do not plan on using it again in the other computer.
You can purchase a SATA to USB hard drive adapter cable.
You can use DVD's if the amount of data is not too much.
You can set up the two computers as a network through your router and enable file and print sharing. Then you can designate a folder in one or more machines as a share folder with full rights for the other user with your log on. Then you can copy whatever files and folders into it that you want. I know that Windows 7 Home does not allow over the network back ups with the built in software (only in Pro is it allowed) but I do not know if it is the same for Windows 8 or 10. Aftermarket software should be able to do it though.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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January 27, 2017 at 12:44:55
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So, where do you intend to backup files on a regular basis? Many good ideas above. I suggest you invest in an external hard drive and use it regularly.

To answer your original question, you could use your home network, assuming you have one or you can use a special network cable called a crossover cable or if you have a switch laying around you could use it and patch cables to both computers. USB cable may work, depending on the versions of Windows and your hardware. I have never tried a regular USB cable for that purpose because I have a crossover cable and a crossover connector that allows the use of two regular patch cables.

Patch cables should be faster than a USB connection.

Your new computer should have USB 3.0 or 3.1 ports so make sure you get an external drive that can take advantage of the speed advantage.

See the link below for examples. /desktop externals with dedicated power supplies are preferable and more reliable.

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