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#1 doobyy

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 07:03 PM

Hello: First time user.

I have a maxtor 320 external hard drive. I want to transfer all the files ,folders etc to a new computer. I am not sure how to do it and I don't want to mess up.
I now am using windows xp, sp2
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Posted 15 February 2008 - 07:42 PM

If it's an external hard drive, just plug it in. It'll prompt you for what action you want to take - and just click on that to work with it.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:39 AM

If it's an external hard drive, just plug it in. It'll prompt you for what action you want to take - and just click on that to work with it.


I did that and now I get the message that any of my MS Office programs are not set for the user on this pc.

So...

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:42 AM

Probably because your office is licensed to your old computer.

I know for some programs, there is some option to transfer the license to another computer.

You cant copy programs from HD to HD, you will need to install them again on your new computer, you can only transfer the files and folders of music work etc... not actual programs.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:55 AM

If you want to transfer files and folders - you have a few options.

1. Open windows explorer, and just right click the folder and copy to the external hard drive.

2. install back-up software, which will allow you to transfer all your files & folders in one go - genie back-up is good, and there is the standard windows back-up program (http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_backup.htm)

3. You could use http://www.freecommander.com/ which allows a split screen, and makes it easy to copy files & folders from HD to External HD

As long as you are copying, then you can't do any danger, just don't do "cut", as if you have the data on your HD & External HD, the chances of you losing any of that data are the same as winning the lottery.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:27 PM

Take ownership of a file or folder:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:30 PM

Sorry, I read your post wrong, you want to transfer your files to a new pc.

Take a look here http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s.../bott_fstw.mspx

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:56 PM

Hi and welcome to BC.
Before you do anything Read your external hard drive's manual for any special instructions.
If your external hard drive requires an external power source, plug it into an electrical outlet with an AC power adaptor provided with your external hard drive.

Now just connect it to your computer and wait until your device is initialized.
If you are a windows user it will show up on "My Computer"
Double click the drive that you are using and just copy and paste everything in your drive. That is the easiest way to transfer it unto your new computer.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:54 PM

If you are trying to transfer program files or Windows files...that won't work. You cannot simply move or copy those items to another hard drive and expect them to work.

That's why one of the previous suggestions mentioned doing a disk image, IMO.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 01:30 PM

It would have been nice if Geek Squad had told me that prior to talking me into the external hard drive and transferring all the data from my laptop's hard drive. No, all they told me was to buy the expensive external hard drive and transfer all files and all I would have to do is transfer them back when I get my laptop back.

Thanks for the bad information, Geek Squad!


Probably because your office is licensed to your old computer.

I know for some programs, there is some option to transfer the license to another computer.

You cant copy programs from HD to HD, you will need to install them again on your new computer, you can only transfer the files and folders of music work etc... not actual programs.






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