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Backup pictures & files From WIN XP to a WIN98

by eliphant0723 / May 6, 2007 10:18 PM PDT

I have a Windows XP and I would like to use a Windows 98 computer to back up my pictures and files. I have read a few articles but am not sure yet of what to do. Can someone please give me some advice on how to do this? It sounds to me like all I need is either a patch cable or a crossover cable and then run a Transfer wizard that the Windows XP has.
Thanks, Larry

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Do you
by xFulcrumx / May 6, 2007 10:58 PM PDT

Do you mean as a backup server type computer or you just want to transfer some files?. if you have a cd/dvd burner - do it that way.
no fuss,easy simple.

if you want your 2 computers too be connected at all times then use a simple and cheap 14$ router and 2 cat5 cables. easy simple also.

with the latter, you can transfer files all day long back and forth with no problems. And you can buy what you need at your local wal-mart ect ect -- cheap.

plus with the router option you can hook up other computers also, like the laptop ect.

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by xFulcrumx / May 6, 2007 11:06 PM PDT

crossover cable is crap, patch cable is crap also.
you need a router-cheap around 15$ and 2 cat cables-also cheap.

you dont need or use transfer wizard in xp. when hooked to a router you use network. and are able to do anything on the other commputer that you want to do. you can also share a internet connection if thats what you want.

you can transfer and delete files off either computer using just 1 computer....If 1 computer is in 1 room and the other is in another room...too far for Kvm cables, then you can use a program that you find here on C/net called R/admin or something like that .

that lets you control the other in real time.. wich is cool and goes beyond just simple file transfer.

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Another Thought... How Old Is The 98?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 7, 2007 12:57 AM PDT

..You might consider removing the 98's hard drive and installing it as a second hard drive on the XP.. Once on the XP, you could easily erase the data on the 98's hard drive, then have ALL the space it contains to copy files to. It's not hard to do and allows for quicker and better transfers..

If the 98 is old, you might have power supply and motherboard aging issues(and possibly hard drive wear as well), plus the method I've mentioned above won't cost you anything and might be a little more reliable. You'll need to confirm that the XP power supply is sufficiently strong to handle one more hard drive but usually that's not a problem

Hope this helps.


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by xFulcrumx / May 7, 2007 1:13 AM PDT

thats right! simple soloution. what Grif said. thats the easiest way to go. I wish I would said that :-).

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