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File Transfer Question for Windows XP Pro

by Joe Himself / December 17, 2004 5:09 AM PST

I have an old computer that has lots of files that I need transferred to a new computer.
Both PC?s are running Windows XP Professional. I do not have a way to backup files onto CD-R on the old computer, so I need to transfer files directly to the new computer.
I heard that there are two ways: 1) serial-port connection, and 2) network connection.
For the first option, do I need something other than a serial port cable and the Windows XP file transfer program? If so, what?
In regards to the network connection, what kind of hardware is needed to transfer files via network. For instance, do I need a cable modem or hub of some kind to connect the two?
Also, would connecting the old hard drive with the files on it to the new computer work (i.e. drag and drop or copy and paste the files?) Would I have to program the BIOS to see two hard drives?
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2004 5:20 AM PST
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Yes to all your options
by billzhills / December 17, 2004 5:34 AM PST

Serial port slow and not worth the time

Network Hardware:
Network cards on each system, most new systems have these installed on M/B
Cross Over cable, least expensive, or Router.

Nothing needed to slave old drive to new system.
Just more work.

If you are not going to retire the old system using the cross over cable, setting up a network will be the least expensive and less work.

If you are going to retire the old system look into an external enclosure. This converts as Internal H/D into external. You can transfer your files off the old H/D and then use it for a back up device.

I use one one to recover files off clients H/Ds that will not boot and to create a cloned image of my system for yearly reinstalls. (Partition to partition)



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