This topic has been discussed numerous times. You can search these forums to reviews previous posts. You can also, google for such and click on CNET posts on the same topic to include all other google hits.
Use *ANY MEDIA* that allows you to gather data or the usual files using:
1) discs- FD/DVD/CD/BD(blu-ray)
2) ext. media- flash or ext. HD drive
3) simple network- ad hoc(wi-fi)/cross-over Ethernet cable/USB bridge gateway cable
4) old PC HD- mount old HD in ext. USB case and gather whatever files you need once that ext. USB is noticed by new PC.
*NOTE* You can not in most circumstances copy pgms. in whole to the new system. You need to "re-install" but the data or saved data can be from such pgms. So, if you have MS Word installed on old system, you can copy the saved files over, but NOT MS Word(same version). Thus, you need to re-stall MS Word and swap over data. Also, it helps greatly if the data swapped over uses the same folder and/or previous storage location.
Looking for suggestions regarding the transfer of files & photos (picasa) to my new computer. I have an old Compaq Presario 6000 & want to transfer my stuff from old to new. Some say do by using CD-RW? Or, DVD-R? Or plain CD?
I have DVD+R as well all new & blank. I bought an HPE-570t w/TV tuner & all the goodies, 1TB SAta 3G 1st Hard drive. 8GB Mem, Windows Home Prem. HP COmbo Blu Ray 1st drive Beats audio, 15 - 1 mem card reader +.