I have a PC with a lot of harddisks and I would like to access to these disks from an other machine. I know alredy, that 2 ethernet cards can be connected directly, using a special crossover cable. The only limitation is, the other machine has only some of the old PCI slots free. (The PCI-express slots are alredy in use.) My idea is to buy 2 dual port gigabit ethernet cards (like the ZEXMTE Gigabit Ethernet PCI) so i could have 2Gbit/sec transfer rates, which is enough for me. (There are alredy 10Gbit ethernet cards on the market, but they all use PCI-express and not the old PCI interface.)
Can I connect the 2 ports of the 2 cards with a crossover cable without an extra switch or router ? Could I really reach the 2Gbit/sec (or similar) ?