A friend of mine recently (just a month ago) had a good tech (the friend said) install his new computer and he (the good tech) transferred the files also. I don't know how he did it, but something went wrong, the (old) hard disk crashed and he (the friend) lost everything (like six years of his chess games). Even the good tech couldn't get it back. Sorry.
And he didn't have a backup. If he had had so, he could simply have restored the data from the backup to his new PC without any need to slave the disk.
Where's your backup?
Viable alternatives to slaving for you:
1. USB-stick (they are still being sold with Windows 98SE drivers)
2. Burn to cd (if your old PC has a cd-burner or you dare to open the case and connect one)
3. Local network/direct cable connection (if your old PC has a network card or you dare to install one)
4. External hard disk (if you've got Windows 98SE and at least one USB port, preferably 2.0) - don't forget to format it as NTFS if you're done with this job, so you can you can safely use with Vista.
And if you haven't done so already, better start thinking about backing up the data on your new Vista PC.
Hope this helps.
I recently bought a Dell with Vista. My old pc runs on Win98. I'd like to transfer some files over - just word and excel docs, a few Jpgs and PDF's. Would "slaving" accomplish this? I'm not a techie. Is this difficult?