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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-18-2006, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello All. I just got a new computer, and I am wondering if any one knows the best way to transfer files such as e mails, addresses, files etc from the old computer to the new one. Can you plug one computer to the other with a USB and click and drag info from one to the other. Any help would be greatlt appreciated. chef21
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-18-2006, 01:38 AM
 
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take the hardrive out of the old one and put it into the new one
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I've always just taken the old HD and put in the new computer, then drag and drop everything over to the new HD. you can also make the old computer available on an open network and get them that way as well, I've never seen it done by just using a USB though..
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Yep, just drop in the old drive and copy away.
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Can you plug one computer to the other with a USB and click and drag info from one to the other.

No, but you CAN do a similar thing.


Bare with me here, it's much easier than it seems...

You need an RJ45 ethernet cable (they're nice and cheap, you probably already have one) and to link your new and old computers via there network card (it could very well be on your motherboard already as most are these days) Then go into your network connections and right click on your connection (it'll probably be "Local Area Connection") then select properties.

Then, you want to click install and then click protocol. You'll need the NETBUEI protocol installing. Once you've done that, right click on My Computer select properties and then find the tab with your network name on it (which will most probably be WORKGROUP) MAKE SURE it's the same on both machines. Reboot both machines and then go into "Network Places" and then click "View Workgroup Computers" You should be able to see both your machines, so go for it! transfer whatever you want.

OR you could just use the files and settings wizard in XP which is much easier, but whatever you do, don't put your old hard drive in your new computer unless you know it's CLEAN (i.e. free from ever having viruses, etc.) otherwise you run the risk of spreading any potential problems from your old machine to the new one and you don't need that.

*geek mode off*

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Don't forget, do all that stuff on both machines
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or you could take the easiest approach and copy to a thumb drive. you can get a 1 gig usb thumb drive for cheap. if you have a 2.0 usb, all the better. copy files from your profile and C drive. if you have much data you may need to chain the drives, as stated, or network them.
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unless one is Win and one is Mac. "Move to Mac" if the new computer is a Mac.
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also, if you're using XP using a simple switch to connect thet two pcs (via ethernet card) you can use the "transfer programs & settings" utility to setup your new PC quickly like your old one. i don't use that myself, but it can save time. a switch is handy to have and they'll be available on black friday for $10-15. just enable "file sharing" on both PCs... glen
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or you could take the easiest approach and copy to a thumb drive. you can get a 1 gig usb thumb drive for cheap. if you have a 2.0 usb, all the better. copy files from your profile and C drive. if you have much data you may need to chain the drives, as stated, or network them.
you could do it even cheaper with a burned CD as long as the old computer has a burner...
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one step better, burned DVD.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2006, 02:58 AM
 
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$60.00
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-22-2006, 05:25 PM
 
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You can do a USB to USB transfer, but as others have mentioned, there are easier ways. To do it via USB you need a USB to USB cable and software and that's usually more expensive ($30 or so) than the options mentioned. And it doesn't always work that cleanly either.
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look 2 posts above yours and its $60 which is beyond ripoff with something that you can do with a 10 cent CD and a burner...
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