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  1. A desktop computer with good hardware resources but very restricted access rights (Linux system). Data on the hard disk is not interesting for us.
  2. A notebook computer with old hardware but full access rights.


To exploit desktop hardware resources to work with old notebook operating system, software, data, etc. That is, we want to boot from the notebook's hard disk.


How to connect the notebook physically for the desktop to be able to boot from the notebook hard disk?

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Removing the harddisk and placing it into the desktop is not an option? – Bobby Jul 8 '10 at 9:13

You can do this with Remote Desktop Connection.

  • to support a user on a remote computer
  • to train a user on a remote computer
  • if the remote computer is part of a company network and you are connected via VPN
  • if you have a task that needs to be completed on the remote computer
  • if the remote computer is your web-server (or another server)

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This method will probably not be preferable, since it does not allow the users to take full advantage of the desktop's hardware capabilities with the notebook's OS. – jrc03c Jul 8 '10 at 13:39
i dont think thats what the op is looking for. still seperated machines/data/software. – matthias krull Jul 8 '10 at 15:36

Most modern desktops can boot from USB, so you'll want to connect the notebook's hard drive via a USB to SATA/IDE adapter. These can be found from NewEgg. For example, try this one!

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If the notebook is a Mac you could try Target Disk Mode. This would allow you to connect the laptop to the PC via FireWire and access its drive like an external hard disk.

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