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old computer to new computer transfer

old computer has all my photos on it , want to transfer these to the new one. How do I do it?

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Three methods

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1: Set up a simple network
2: Use removable media such as CDs or DVDs
3: Install old computer's HDD into the new computer

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Three methods

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Jackson is correct. To establich a simple network, however, you need to buy a cable which will connect the two ethernet plug-in sockets. These look like telephone sockets on steroids. The cable is about $35 at BestBuy.
With it, you will establish a simple network and can transfer info from one computer to the other.

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You'd better be getting a 25ft crossover cable for that price! I know Best Buy tends to gouge a bit on prices, but that's a bit overboard. You should be able to find it for far less on sites like NewEgg or even Amazon.

You can also avoid the crossover cable by using a switch or hub, and then two lengths of standard ethernet patch cable. You could even get two wireless cards and create an ad-hoc network between the two. There's even USB crossover cables, though I don't recommend those to anyone. It's not what USB was designed for, unlike ethernet, and it's harder to find help if something goes wrong.

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tranferring photos from old computer to new

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when the two units are connected will there be a command as to how to accomplish the transfer?

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Re: transferring files

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If the 2 computers are connected, and rightly configured (the easiest way to do so seems to be the Windows XP home network wizard) you can use Windows Explorer to copy the files from the 'remote' drive to the 'local' drive.

You might prefer, however, using a USB-stick, CD-burner or external hard disk as medium to copy the files to and from. The choice is yours.


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The easiest way I found.

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I purchased a 160 gig external hard drive for my old computer before I found out that I need a new computer. I put all my photos and music on that. It eliminates the need to move files from one computer to another and I can take it with me if I need to.

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And What Happens WHEN???

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...the external drive dies? (All hard drives will eventually die and become unusable. The question is only "WHEN"?) Do you have hard copy backups of that large external drive?

Sticking to the topic of this thread, an external drive IS A GOOD WAY for transferring files from one location to another, but it's always a good to know it's limitations.

Hope this helps.


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