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#1 cvgurau

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 05:10 PM

I have a new computer (a Dell XPS 400, or something), but I also have a number of programs and files on the old one I'd like transferred to the new. I think I know how to do this (hook up the old hard drive to the new one via the midline--I think it's called--and it would show up as another hard drive in My Comp), but I don't want to fiddle without 100% certainty.

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#2 DaveM59

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 06:59 PM

Programs will have to be reinstalled.

Data files can be transferred in the way you mention. Exact procedures will vary a lot depending on what kind of hard drives you have in your old and new machines. Please get the exact model names of both computers and if possible the makes and models of the hard drives.

Edited by DaveM59, 28 June 2006 - 07:07 PM.


#3 cvgurau

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 08:11 PM

I thought as much about the programs (no big loss), but the files are kind of important. Music, and stories and such.

I'll get you that info soon.

Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 09:49 PM

If you have Windows XP on your old computer you can transfer files and settings to the new computer with the files and settings transfer wizard.

To open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

From Windows Help:
Using the Files and Settings Transfer WizardThe Files and Settings Transfer Wizard helps you move your data files and personal settings from your old computer to your new one, without having to go through much of the same configuration you did with your old computer. For example, you can take your personal display properties, folder and taskbar options, and Internet browser and e-mail settings from your old computer and place them on the new one. The wizard will also move specific files or entire folders, such as My Documents, My Pictures, and Favorites. Passwords are not moved with program settings when you use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. This is a feature of the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard that helps to keep your passwords confidential.

We recommend that you install a virus detection program on the new computer before transferring files over from the old computer. This can help protect your new computer from viruses that may be contained in the files


If your old computer does not have XP you can install the hard drive from the old computer as a slave in the new computer and transfer the files manually.

Also see the Microsoft knowledgebase article "How To Use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard By Using the Windows XP CD-ROM"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306186/en-us

And:
How to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard with a wizard disk in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306187/en-us

Edited by Enthusiast, 28 June 2006 - 09:59 PM.


#5 cvgurau

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 05:26 AM

If your old computer does not have XP you can install the hard drive from the old computer as a slave in the new computer and transfer the files manually.


This is what I'll have to do, as I can't use the Files and Transfer app; I got a new computer because the old one burned out (or something; whatever. no big loss). The reason I haven't already done this is because a) I don't want to accidentally transfer a virus, or something (is that even possible?), and b ) I don't want to bleep it up in some way and end up fritzing my new $1,300 computer.

Edited by cvgurau, 29 June 2006 - 05:28 AM.


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Posted 29 June 2006 - 08:29 AM

Hook up your old hd as a slave and scan it with your anti-virus program before you transfer anything.

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 11:33 AM

This can be a bit of a problem if the new computer has a SATA hard drive and your old hard drive is IDE. And you have to set the jumpers on the back of the hard drive to slave. This varies with the brand and type of drive.




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