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How transfer data from old hd onto new hd


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#1 333nnn

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 03:19 PM

I want to transfer the data from an old hd onto my new hd. I was using XP Pro with my old hd and am using XP Home currently with the new hd. Will the difference in o/s's create any problems? Also, I had a lot of o/s and virus problems with the computer I was using the old hd on, could those problems transfer onto the new hd? I did a scan of the old hd with Avast just now with the old hd as the slave drive on my current computer and the new drive as master, but when the scan completed the window and tab of the scan just disappeared. I don't see the results of the scan anywhere. Is that because there were no problems found and Avast only shows the results if problems are found? What is the best way to copy my files and programs from the old hd to the new hd? Just copy and paste? Thanks for any replies.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 03:56 PM

The difference between XPPro and XPHome won't cause you problems

You can only transfer data - not programs or the operating system. So, if there's a virus there, you may transfer it to your new system.

The Avast Scanner (v4.8 Home Edition) has a little gray window that you start the scan from. That window will display the results of the scan. If it closes unexpectedly, then I'd suspect a virus in infecting you.

The best way to do this (IMO) is to first ensure that the XPHome system is free of viruses. While scanning you can tell most scanners to scan the XPPro disk also. Once that's done, then you can just copy the stuff off the XPPro disk onto the XPHome disk using Windows Explorer.

Try a couple of these free, online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal


If you find that you're infected (or the scan doesn't complete or closes unexpectedly), post in the Am I Infected forum located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
If you're not infected, post back here and we'll try some more stuff.
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