If I had a massive amount of data I wanted to move between two already up and running PC's, is it possible to take the HDD out of the one with the data and plug it into the other PC to do the transfer?
They're in the same house, I've tried endlessly to get the stupid Windows 7 homegroup to work but I cant get the two to recognize eachother. Is there another method?
it's very easy in fact...
-right mouse-click Computer in the Start menu
-to the right of Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings - click Change settings
-in System Properties window, Computer Name Tab, click Change...
make sure the Workgroup is spelled exacly the same on each computer
and then open up Windows Explorer on CompB (computer you want the copy the data to) and create a new folder, and SHARE the folder on the computer
-right mouse-click the folder you just created and click Properties then click the Sharing Tab
-click the little down arrowin the blank window to the left of Add button and select Everyone, then click Add button
-click Read and select Read/Write then click Share to close the window
then on CompA open Windows Explorer and copy the data you want to put on CompB
navigate to Network and select CompB, then the shared folder, then paste the data in the folder
if you follow the steps above and cannot see either computer under Network, it's possible that Windows Network Discovery is turned off - on both computers, check to see if it's ON
-Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Network and Sharing Center
-click Change advanced sharing settings on the upper left
-make sure Turn on network discovery is seleted
-make sure Turn on file and printer sharing is selected
-click save changes if you had to modify either computer