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transfering files from exturnal hard drive to new computer

My daughters gateway laptop died,I took the hard drive out and put it into a 2.5,usb exturnal hard drive.The old computer had Windows XP,the new computer has Vista.The exturnal hd has music,(I Tunes),Photo's, and Doc's.My question is, once I have the ext.hd identified on the new computer,what do I actully have to do to find the stuff I want to transfer? I have never done this before, and just need a little guidance...All help is appreciated.W

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Re: transferring files

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If the drive has got a drive letter in (My Computer or) Windows Explorer, say it becomes f:, open f: by clicking it and copy the files around as you wish, just like you would on the normal hard disk.

You might need to take ownership of the folders and files on the hard disk first. tells how to do it in Vista (that's quite different from the way it's in XP).

Hope this helps.


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transferring files

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Thanks for the reply, I read the artical on taking ownership,which I will learn more about once I get uset to Vista,,It is a lot different than XP. My main concern is will Vista let me transfer from an XP O/S on the ext.hd to the Vista O/S? without any problem? I am sure I will have to download the I Tunes program onto the Vista machine before transferring the music from the ext.hd..Photo's and school papers(doc) shouldn't be that difficule either. It's the music files My daughter really needs the most, and Dad does not want to screw that up..if you know what I mean.. W

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iTunes transfer. . .

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I found an easy way to do this and have done it on four PCs.

On the old drive, open Explorer and go to the My Documents folder. In the My Music folder will be an iTunes folder. That folder contains everything needed to make iTunes work. You will need to move that entire folder to the same location on the Vista machine. This is where iTunes looks for it. After the folder is moved install iTunes. iTunes will find it there and that's it.

I recommend copying the folder rather than moving just in case something doesn't work. But like I said, I've done this on four machines without a glitch.

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If dad screws it up ...

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all he has to do is to pay for a re-download :-). But I'm sure it won't be necessary if you follow Coryphaeus hints.


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