The only advice: don't copy files that are in Windows or Program Files folder. Just copy your documents, pictures and contents of your 'own' folders (I mean: folders you made yourself).
The Seagate 160 GB hard drive survived a fall that proved fatal to my 2007 Dell Inspiron E1705 (running Vista). That's a huge relief, as I'd fallen far behind on (manual) back-ups to the external drive.
So, now I have a nice new desktop replacement: a Lenovo G780 (running Windows 8). But, before I start moving files off the Seagate (via a powered "slave" to USB rig loaned to me by a friend), I thought I should ask if anyone has any cautions or recommendations to offer.
The Lenovo has two USB 3.0 ports, which may help with the speed, but other than that... am I ready to start the transfer?