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How do I connect my old puter to my new to access files?

by cilla202 / April 15, 2005 8:02 AM PDT

I have an old IBM Aptiva that is quite a dinosaur! I just bought an E-Machine with Windows XP home edition, and want to connect my old computer to the new one to access files and programs. The old computer has Windows 98. Any suggestions out there???

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by strickjh2005 / April 15, 2005 8:18 AM PDT

If you feel ok with poppin off your case, try removing your old HD (from dino) put it in the E-machine. Then you can access all your files when ever you want and have more space on the newer comp.

To do this just move the jumper(tiny plastic bit on the HD that acts like a switch) on your HD to the master with slave setting (most HDs have a little picture on them explaining this) on the E-machine.

Remove the old HD and make sure its set to Slave.

Pop dino's HD into the E-machine, plug in the power and IDE cable (dont force em they should be really easy to put in).

Boot and pray.


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Another way
by billzhills / April 15, 2005 10:54 PM PDT

Provided the 98 system has a Network card.

With a CAT5 cross-over cable you can use XP's File and Transfer Wizard or create a Network and Windows Explorer to transfer files.


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If u haven't got a network card
by AussiePete / April 15, 2005 11:19 PM PDT

Use a parallel or serial port connection and set up a simple "connection between two computers using a cable" (you will see it listed in connection wizard) Only draw back is one computer is master and the other is the slave - therefore the master does all the management.
You haven't said what u r going to do with your old computer - if the old comp is now obsolete why not transfer the hard disk and use it as a secondary boot disk with 98 as a backup system - I did this and use the bios to switch boot sequence rather than having a dual boot system.

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