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Using old tower

By techrepublic ·
I am purchasing a new Intel Core 2 Quad Processor system. I wish to keep and use my old Dell Dimension 8200 tower with extra hard drives, optical drives and 1.44 floppy drive for storage and whatever. My new machine has Windows Vista Home Premium. The old machine has Windows XP SE2. My home network has three computers wireless and wired.

Where can I learn how to set up and utilize this older tower on my home network? Do I need to leave a full operating system on it? What else do I need to know to make this work efficiently?

I am guessing the old tower would be a "server." I'm a neophyte when it comes to these matters. All help including the very basics would be much appreciated.

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by mjd420nova In reply to Using old tower

As my older machines become too slow to run the newer software they are relegated to become storage medium units. I leave them on the small LAN created by the router and open file sharing so the new machine and other units I use can use them to store photos and other data. I have one unit that has a lot of music on it and a CD burner along with a printer, another that has loads of photos and a DVD burner plus a scanner. Each still has plenty of hard drive space so it reamins available to store any newer additions of data. No real need to scrap them if they still work fine.

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by techrepublic In reply to Home server

Hi, that's exactly what I would like to do. My questions are where can I learn how to set up and utilize this older tower on my home network? Do I need to leave a full operating system on it? What else do I need to know to make this work efficiently? Thanks, Frank

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