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connecting two laptops

Postby fleamailman on Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:00 pm

Ok, I have two laptops running mint Daryna, love them both but I now want of upgrade one of the laptops so I want to transfer files from one to the other without using a USB key, so I am thinking of a USB link cable as I have one but I don't know what program goes with Mint, nor how to go about it.

failing the above the other idea is to put one of the harddrives in a caddy but again I don't know if it would be recognised nor if I could get up my files like this way
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Re: connecting two laptops

Postby msuggs on Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:44 pm

I've never used a USB link cable but you could try a crossover network cable and then just enable file sharing on the machine you want to move the files from.
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Re: connecting two laptops

Postby rhodry on Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:00 pm

Mr Shakespeare said:
"... How do I transfer thee, let me count the ways....." or something similar? :)

I am assuming you simply want to keep some data and/or config files safe while you do the upgrade on one machine. I would suggest just burn the files you want off to a cd/dvd and return them after the upgrade.

If there are two (and only two) computers involved, pick yourself up a cat5 crossover cable for a couple of bucks and set them up as a simple peer to peer network. You then have a number of file transfer options available to you. Mind you a small USB stick costs next to nothing these days as well.

I suggest rsync (grsync frontend) is a better option than straight copy, but either will suffice.

When you do the upgrade ( to Elyssa I assume), and assuming you have your data backed up somewhere else, I suggest you do a clean install, use manual partitioning and create three partitions as part of the install; "/" for the os, "swap", and "/home". Return your data to the /home partition and thereafter you can change the os as much as you like without affecting your data files.

Good luck,
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Re: connecting two laptops

Postby fleamailman on Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:19 am

thanks I have those solutions open to me but there are detractions in that the DVD cost and cannot be changed whereas the external harddrive idea is best though since I have a link cable(usb) which I would like to learn how to use in future to use between computers and yet it doesn't' seem to work out of the box so I would like to know what the steps are to make it function,

also, I think I have a crossover cable somewhere too, which I would also like to learn how to use that too

what would be ideal would be some sort of way of directly transfering things like bookmarks, and file from one system to another
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