External HD as Server

Discussion in 'Computer Networking and Servers' started by riosfernando, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. riosfernando

    riosfernando Member

    I have a small tax and accounting office. Until now, I am running my office with only one laptop, which is having issues, I think will be in need for replacement and I am considering to buy an external hard drive (WD, 2T) to use a server.

    I do not know if that is recommendable or not. Also, I want to install all my programs in the external drive instead the C disk in my computers. If that possible? Do you recommend it?

    Thank you,

  2. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

    You need actual other computer components to run a server instead of just an external drive.
  3. riosfernando

    riosfernando Member

    Thank you, could I still buying a Window 7, professional? and
    Could I transfer all my program and files to the new computer?
    If I do, how can I transfer or copy my programs and files to the new computer?

    If this is not the forum for these questions, please, address me to the correct one

    Thank you again,

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015
  4. voyagerfan99

    voyagerfan99 Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again Staff Member

    If you want Windows 7 you'll need to buy a refurbished laptop. Look into the Dell Clearance Outlet for a Dell Latitude E6430 or E6530 depending on what size screen yo want.

    I would keep your programs installed on the main drive to avoid any problems.

    If you want some kind of network storage, you could look into a simple NAS.
  5. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

    If you simply want to move programs to another computer and not clone the drive there is a software called EaseUS Todo PCTrans. At the time of this writing it is $50. http://www.easeus.com/pc-transfer/transfer-installed-programs-data-to-new-hard-drive.html

    Here are two links that you could also use that detail everything about transferring programs to another computer. Much more complicated however.


  6. JasonPDK

    JasonPDK Member

    If you're up for a bit of DIY and have an external hard drive you could buy a Raspberry Pi and set up a simple samba share and have a network drive for $30. There are many tutorials for this online. If not it would be best to buy a NAS.
    Unless it's for backup, I cannot see any advantages from moving your programs to a server
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2015

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