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Old PC running under Win98 vs new PC running Win XP

I have an "old" (5 years) desktop running under Win 98 where 18 Gb out of total 20 GB are full with audio files mainly MP3 and wma. Now I want to get rid off the old one but not loosing those audio files, which I need to transfer to the new one. My new Compaq runs under XP. I tried direct cable connection, but it did not work. Both pc's do not recognize the other one.(I have the right cable). Second try was to connect an external memory drive (150 Gb)to the old one (USB) and transfer the audio files to the external drive which runs very well with the new pc. The external drive was not recognized by the old pc. What am I doing wrong or is there any other way to transfer those 18 Gb to the new pc?
Thanks for any help!

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DCC (Direct Cable Connection):
- are you sure it's a cross-cable?
- did you do the software and settings setup correctly (Wizard in XP, manually in 98)?

External drive:
Might need drivers installed with Windows 98. Read the manual.

The easiest way:
Mount old hard disk in new computer and use Explorer to copy fles. Note master/slave/cableselect settings or it won't work or might even damage (the contents of) the new hard drive.

The work-around:
A DVD-burner and 5 (re)writable DVD's. That's a nice backup of that 18 Gb also. You wouldn't want to lose them if anything happens with your new computer, would you. Remember one or the sayings of Bob Proffitt: 'A hard disk is temporary storage.'

Even with 512 Mb on a stick it's a lot of work to transfer 18 Gb.

You can find places on Internet to store files. Then ftp to it and from it. It might not be free, and your ISP (even with cable or adsl) might not like you transferring 36 Gb in a few days.

Hope this helps.


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Thank you Kees!
What a great help you gave me.

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome.

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