Before you ditch the old HDD (from the SEA ANCHOR) and when you get the new unit, plug in the external drive and make sure that what you have transferred reads on the new system. You didn't mention what operating system you had on the old puter, assume Win XP in that event you should be o.k. Most do not feel that storage on an external HDD, for critical data, personal stuff etc. is adequate, glitches do occur on external drives. So what to do, well when you get everything hooked up to the new system you can transfer the data from ext drive to new system, usually to doc files, from there burn to CD or DVD for a hard copy.When all is done then you can mash the old HDD but don't do that before you complete transfers. Good luck!
Hello, thanks for reading this. I have a 9 year old PC with a 12G HD (I know, I know...) I have replaced and added memory and various hardware myself with online tutorials and have nursed the ol' gal along pretty well over the years. I just ordered a shiny new Dell, have acquired cable Internet, and would be grateful for any tips on making the transition. I have stored all my music onto an external HD and created a Picasa web album with all the pictures I want to keep. Is there a better/safer way to save pics? Also, should I destroy the old HD before I take it to the recycle depot? Any suggestions pertaining to music and pics or anything else would be deeply appreciated. I would say that I am a moderately knowledgeable PC user.