Solved One Hard-drive Two Computers/seen this quest (Not a Problem)

October 6, 2013 at 01:43:43
Specs: Windows 64
Ok, I' been thinking about this as well. However, I find that two computers that were to share a signal hard-drive would have to be powered by one PC and create a partition splitting the drive in two. Doing this you might be able to create a setup like a dual-boot system, and each PC would have their own OS and I think they would share the boot-sector. The BIOS and initialization of the OS would be able to tell there was another OS there. The Performance I think would take a major hit by configuring it this way as well.
This is just a theory and have not tried it! It could work, but it defeats what I was trying to do. I wanted to use this setup to maybe work something like the multi-core processors.

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October 6, 2013 at 03:33:52
But why bother? Hard drives are dirt cheap nowadays.

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October 6, 2013 at 04:37:26
What do you hope to achieve? Name any significant theoretical advantage of this. Being that you would be paying for a second operating system, the monetary advantage is insignificant compared to the many disadvantages.
If you were looking to share files, you would simply network the two computers together and create some share folders or even a shared partition on one or both computers.

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

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October 6, 2013 at 05:54:26
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It wouldn't work for many reasons Not only is the OS initialised on boot up, that hard disk is initialised as well. When you boot up the second computer, it will initialise that hard disk, confuse the first computer and cause an almighty crash.

How would you connect this hard disk. You cannot split data cable like you can power cables.


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October 9, 2013 at 13:26:55
Okay, thank you all for your comments! I seen this question many times and the best answer that was ever posted was "why hard-drives are cheap". I did not feel that these were good answers to the question asked. So, what I did was represent the question with a little more thought. In my idea of doing this would to be able to reuse older laptops and equipment. Also, to try something different and see what was to happen. I want to be able to use many machines with only one OS, where the processing would be split up among the machines. That's what I would like to do. I don't have the time or money to make this work and even if I did, I don't think I would do it anyways. I want to thank everyone that has taken time to talk about this and clear up some of the reasons why trying to do such a project will not work and the problems behind them. Thanks again!

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