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RE: advice before I copy old files onto new computer

by Park_Bio / May 5, 2013 6:31 AM PDT

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?

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Re: copy
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 5, 2013 6:44 AM PDT

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).


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thanks for the tip
by Park_Bio / May 5, 2013 6:58 AM PDT
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THANKS. That was my intention, though not because I had thought it through. I do have a bunch of spreadsheets and irreplaceable photos (not terribly valuable, just hard to duplicate) that never made it onto the external back-up. I may invest in a newer one that does its job without waiting to be activated by me.

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USB 3.0
by ChuckT / May 5, 2013 9:09 AM PDT

Having USB 3.0 ports will not speed up transfer unless you are connecting it to another 3.0 port. The transfer will always be limited by the slowest communicating port. I'm guessing your old computer does, or the loaned port adapter, do not have 3.0. Right?

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If I'm reading right, you have an enclosure for that drive
by wpgwpg / May 5, 2013 9:50 AM PDT

It's not totally clear what you mean by "<i>

powered "slave" to USB rig loaned to me by a friend"</i>, but it sounds like a hard drive enclosure that plugs into a USB port. If that's the case, your speed will depend on (1) whether the enclosure connects via USB 2 or USB 3 mode, and (2) whether your enclosure, even if it's USB 3, is compatible with your USB 3 port at USB 3 speed. This later point is not intuitive, but when I bought a new Dell desktop 2 months ago, I discovered that a whole lot of enclosures billed as USB 3 would only operate at USB 2 speeds! In any event you should be able to plug the enclosure into a USB port and copy your data off the old hard drive.
Good luck.

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