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Transfer data from Sony win.98 desktp to new Dell XP desktp

by jimrich / March 16, 2005 10:38 AM PST

new here......
While i study previous posts on this, wish to ask for feedback on buying and setting up a HD enclosure to access my win.98 info and programs from it's HD.
how do i know what size to get, price to pay (very cheap on ebay!) and other technical stuff before i jump?
really appreciate any comments or experience others wish to offer on this........
thanks,

jim

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I bought external enclosures
by glb613 / March 16, 2005 7:00 PM PST

at a local store. So I can't comment on E-bay or other online sites. But I recently bought a video card from Newegg.com and was happy with the product, price and service.

You can't transfer programs from one hard drive to another. Programs need to be installed. So you will be need to use the original installation disk with the new computer. You can transfer data from one to another. Once you connect the old hard drive, your new computer should recognize it. With mine, I was able to move or copy files through Windows Explorer.

If you don't have the original disks, you may be SOL. I would recommend you download, install and run Belarc on the old computer. It will identify the programs installed with the product key numbers. Some programs require those numbers during the installation process.

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Or F.A.S.T.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2005 8:11 PM PST
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For a HDD
by Yew / March 16, 2005 8:27 PM PST

You need a 3.5" external enclosure, and preferably USB2 or FireWire (FireWire's better, but not so common in the PC world).

I can also say from experience, that sometimes those enclosures can get pretty hot, so probably best to buy one of highly thermal conductive material like Aluminum.

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used old hard drive
by jimrich / September 11, 2005 3:22 PM PDT

for the benefit of anyone following this discussion...I did find a 'null-modem' cable and transfered some data from the old win98 to the new win xp. But the final step was to simply take the old win.98 hard drive, which I removed from the old Sony computer, and put it into my new Dell xp. It was a little involved but works just fine as my extra hard drive with all of it's (old) data, etc. intact! Oddly though, much of the old win. 98 data is not recognized by win xp but it's still worth it to have that extra H.D. in the new Dell. Anyone wanting to add an old hard drive can find tons of info all over the web for how to do it EASILY.

best wishes,

jim

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Wanting to add an old hard drive
by chloejaed / March 10, 2008 3:13 AM PDT
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Hi,
I really want to add my old hard drive to my new Dell Pavilion E521 with Win XP. Do you have any sites that can tell me how to put the hard drive in without totally messing up my computer? Or do you know of any sites that could tell me if my old hard drive can be put in my Dell and work? I sure would appreciate it.
Thank you,
Chloejaed

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It's designed to fail.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 3:18 AM PDT

The old drives are usually IDE and the new machines are SATA.

Windows fails to boot when moved from machine to machine.

Your post gave no detail that would have me tell you there is a way around all this but at least we know it wouldn't mess up the new machine since you would be removing the new HD to put in the old one.

Bob

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Wanting to add an old hard drive
by chloejaed / March 13, 2008 10:15 AM PDT

I really want to take out the old hard drive from my windows 98se computer to add an extra hard drive to my new Dell Pavilion E521 with Win XP. Do you have any sites that can tell me how to take out or put the hard drive in without totally messing up my computer? Or do you know of any sites that could tell me if my old hard drive can be put in my Dell and work? I sure would appreciate it.

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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 10:28 AM PDT
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