Originally Posted by Sergei316
That makes sense.
I am getting tired of powering down my machines and then swapping drives. Plus I am clumsy and I WILL eventually drop my 8tb capture drive!! I know the Win7 machine has no problem with hot swapping but the XP machines I am hesistant to even try it.
Would I be able to add my Win7 and Win10 machines to the network? Can I access the internet on my Win7 machine only?
Yes, 8tb drives are still a bit expensive lol.
Yes you can interface your Win7 and Win10 machines (via dual-port NICs). In my test setup I have interfaced my XP box directly to the Skylake system which runs Win8.1. With my Skylake system I have a wireless NIC (in addition to the ethernet card installed) in which the wireless card connects to the internet. The wired connection is connected direct to the XP machine with a separate IP.
Once I have ran the Network Wizard in XP, my Skylake box was able to see the XP machine and the shared folder I have setup for it.
So, if you have a dual-port NIC on your Win7 and Win10 machines, you can simply assign the unused port the separate IP subnet your other XP machines are communicating with each other on. The other port can have its own IP (different subnet) that remains internet connected and the two networks will never see each other (unless you want them to, and is another whole topic).
Seems complex but once you get the concept its pretty easy. Good thing I have been taking some courses in IT and networking.