I have 2 computers. One is an older machine, using Windows XP Pro as the OS; my newer one is running Windows 10.
The power supply on the older machine crapped out, and we haven't (yet) been able to find a replacement that matches the correct power levels.
Problem is, 99% of my photos, records, and such reside on the old machine. I am wondering if there is some way to hook the two together, and make the older machine a slave of the new one.
1) would the 2 different OS systems be so incompatible that this would not work?
2) if the Win 10 machine could read/see/talk to the Win XP machine, would the old machine run off the new machine's power supply, or would it still need one of its own?
And, a related question: we have recently seen advertised, reader gizmos, into which a hard drive can be placed, and connected via USB to a live computer, turning it essentially into an external hard drive. So--with this kind of setup, I still have question #1, above, since all the different kinds of files were created on the XP machine.
(My "new" machine is not as expensive as the other one was in its day: there is no extra slot inside to plug in an additional hard drive.)
I am not a techie of any kind. I know only enough to be "dangerous." (For example, going into the registry or BIOS, and mucking about with anything at all...even removing [or adding] something as simple as a comma can cause big trouble and massive headaches!) LOL
The main thing I do know, that mostly keeps me out of trouble is this maxim: "If you don't know what it is, what it does, or what it is for, DON'T F** WITH IT!"
Liz, do you back up your computer? A few years ago my desktop crapped out on me. I was able to take the files that I'd backed up onto an external hard drive and transfer everything to my laptop. It was laborious, but at least I didn't lose any of my files.
Yes, but not nearly as often as I should! :-( I have one (older) back up external hard drive, which is full, and a newer one as well, but of course, I'd not backed up the old files from the other computer, probably in months! Sigh.
However, the data is not lost; hubby took the hard drive out of the computer that lost its power supply, and it is stored safely, away from any potential electrical glitches....all I have to do I find a way to hook it back up, and have access to it once again.
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