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Old 11-02-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Use desktop with usb-usb cable as external bootable optical drive for netbook


Hi

I have a desktop (custom build with optical drive) running debian-testing. I just bought a netbook (Asus Eee PC 1101HA) without an optical drive. I'd like to use my desktop and USB-USB cable as an external bootable optical drive for the netbook so I can install linux and possibly reinstall windows at a later date from the restore DVD that came with the netbook. The manual says I need an external optical drive, but it would seem that I already have all the necessary hardware. I was very surprised to not find any driver or any discussion of this idea whatsoever on LinuxQuestions or on the web. Thanks in advance for your response.

Sean
 
Old 11-02-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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so you wanna be able to boot the desktop pc's op as a external ?

like using a usb-cdrom cept its the desktops optical drive?

maybe plop bootmanager could do that?

does the lappy have a usb port?
 
Old 11-02-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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Not sure what you mean by a USB-USB cable. USB data transfer cables basically simulate a network connection and have special built in hardware. Regular USB cables might damage your computers due to shorting out the +5VDC and two controllers will not be able to recognize each other. I am not aware of any other special use USB cable.

I used a debian USB boot flash drive to install to a second flash drive on my Eee PC 900
 
Old 11-02-2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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Not sure what you mean by a USB-USB cable. USB data transfer cables basically simulate a network connection and have special built in hardware. Regular USB cables might damage your computers due to shorting out the +5VDC and two controllers will not be able to recognize each other. I am not aware of any other special use USB cable.

I used a debian USB boot flash drive to install to a second flash drive on my Eee PC 900
The cable I have came with a product designed to backup a windows box on a Mac. It is advertised and pictured here:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Belkin/F4U001/

I thought this would be easier than using a flash drive, especially if I later decide to give this computer to my wife and she wants me to reinstall Windows. I was not sure if I could copy the disk image from the restore DVD that came with the laptop onto a flash drive. The manual says an external optical drive is needed. Of course I can purchase an external optical drive, or an enclosure for my internal one that I can take out of my desktop temporarily, but I'd rather use the hardware I already have. To answer a previous post, the netbook does have USB ports.

Thanks, Sean
 
  


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