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Is it easy to transfer hard-drive contents to better machine?


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#1 sacman

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:06 PM

My son has an older Elitegroup computer with a damaged top & hinge. It was probably dropped causing the screen to dim after a short period of use (needs new plastics, hinge, & inverter). The cost to repair may exceed the value of the machine. I would like to transfer basically everthing on his hard drive including XP Operating System and Windows Professional (I don't want to buy a new version) onto a different machine. Can this be done easily?

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:57 PM

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:08 AM

yes you should be able to network the two together and transfer everything but the OS. If you still have the OS CD, you can install it on your new computer and then transfer everything across and erase the OS from the old computer, that would be the only way to do it.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:18 AM

Operating system is cranky about going to a new home. Hardware signatures would cause you to have to re activate the system. Which of course Microsoft won't allow or give you a real hard time about it. However. You can transfer files Via network or an external hard disk drive. Hell A huge Flash pen drive will do wonders too. Then again 130 bucks for a pen drive is way overpriced vs an external HDD for like 40 bucks. Cheapest way would be to just network the new machine to the damaged one. Copy all his personal Data to the new machine.
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 02:07 PM

Thank you to all who replied!




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