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Situation:

  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.

Wanted:

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.

Problem:

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

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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)

Read more: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Remote_desktop_connection#ixzz0t54VkbUu

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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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