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Marilee J. Layman

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07:34 pm: Help with USB Cables
Okay, I'm feeling stupid here. I want to buy this hub so when I want to take the Eee somewhere else, I can just unplug it from the master plug. No problem with all the peripherals, but I'd like to plug the old computer into the hub, too, and use it as a drive. I think this means I need a male B to male B cable but those don't appear to exist. What am I missing?

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From:ellarien
Date:May 23rd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
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You want to make the internal drive on the old computer look like an external drive to another machine? Unless you have some software on the old computer that I don't know about, I don't think you can do that with USB connections. You might be able to share the files over a home network -- though I never got that to work very well with my (Linux) Eee -- or through a crossover Ethernet cable if you're not using the Ethernet port to connect to the net.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 23rd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my Eee is Linux, too, and several generations newer than my 3G 10-year-old Gateway (I have thumbdrives with more space than this drive). I had considered this and I can just move files with a thumbdrive. I don't expect the Gateway drive to last too long; I'll be happy if it lasts just long enough to rip my CDs.

Thanks for the answer!
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From:ckd
Date:May 23rd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
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What ellarien said, pretty much. Apple has some tricks that let you mount most Macs as Firewire drives, but that's doable because Firewire is more of a peer-to-peer protocol; USB is very much a master/slave paradigm.

Depending on what type of drive is in the old computer, assuming you only care about the drive and not the rest of the machine, it's likely there's a fairly inexpensive USB enclosure you can put the drive into after taking it out of the old machine. I don't remember (if I ever knew) what your old machine was, so I can't point you at a specific model to look for.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 23rd, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'll be okay moving files with a thumbdrive, I was just thinking I could slave it -- I've done that with two computers before -- but that was nine-to-ten years ago when I bought the one I'm using and slaved the old one to it until the old drive died.
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