I was wondering if I can connect to my other pc without going over an internet connection?
At the moment I have a wireless router and in the other room my second computer,its working fine but we dont have space for the table anymore.
I was thinking maybe I could connect to my new pc.
I dont want to take the hard drives out cos they are IDE and not ATA anyway thats not the point can I connect to my other pc through a cable or something?
Please get back to me.
My comprehension of your problem is: "how do I set up a direct connection between to pcs without passing through my wifi connection?"
There are a few possibilities: the easiest is to use an ethernet cable, if you have one and both your computers possess an ethernet port; use bluetooth to set up a local network, if both your computer have bluetooth (search the internet for possible howtos).
You may use your wifi connection to exchange data between the computers: your data won't go to internet, it will be simply routed through the wifi router...
If your WIFI router has built in ports... then you are lucky, you just have to connect the old comp via network port to the router n you will have establised a connection. You will have to set your Workgroup name as the same for both computers for it to detect each other. Connecting via cable will enable you to get almost optimal speed of transfer.
Else if you want to go through wirelessly, you will also have to configure the Workgroup name as above. Then create a shared folder in your new computer. Run 'Network places' on your old comp and you should detect the shared folder from your new comp. Then all you need is to transfer all the data over wirelessly. Windows XP already has the Shared Documents for each comp... so even without creating a shared folder you can transfer data between computers via this default folder.
You can use crossed ethernet cabel (crossed network cabel) or u network usb cabel. is two easy way without the router
I believe you may also use a Firewire cable, if your computer has a firewire port.
Firewire allows you to connect PCs directly, without any internet conection or without the need for even an ethernet card.
Hope it helps.
I use a firewire cable in such a way and it works quite well. It transfers files at around 400 kb/s, so faster than USB 1.1 at least