moving data between 2 XP home computers

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Seamus J. Wilson, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. I have an old XP home computer and was recently gifted with a better
    computer with the same OS. Would like to move data from the old to the new
    using a cable between their respective serial ports.
    How do I effect this? Do I need software, preferably freeware? Is it a
    complex and dangerous operation? I do not have backup software. Help
    appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Seamus J. Wilson
     
    Seamus J. Wilson, Feb 21, 2009
    #1
    1. Advertising

  2. Seamus J. Wilson

    LowRider Guest

    "Seamus J. Wilson" <> wrote in message
    news:Nw0ol.14734$...
    >I have an old XP home computer and was recently gifted with a better
    >computer with the same OS. Would like to move data from the old to the new
    >using a cable between their respective serial ports.
    > How do I effect this? Do I need software, preferably freeware? Is it a
    > complex and dangerous operation? I do not have backup software. Help
    > appreciated.
    > Thank you,
    > Seamus J. Wilson



    A crossover cable will be all you need.. less than ten bucks.
     
    LowRider, Feb 22, 2009
    #2
    1. Advertising

  3. Thank you for the kind answers. I know the serial port scheme is slow but I
    do have the cable as well as time. In no big hurry. Need to do it once. Do
    I need software?
    Thank you
    Seamus J.
    "philo" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > "LowRider" <> wrote in message
    > news:gnq5dn$hvs$...
    >>
    >> "Seamus J. Wilson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:Nw0ol.14734$...
    >>>I have an old XP home computer and was recently gifted with a better
    >>>computer with the same OS. Would like to move data from the old to the
    >>>new using a cable between their respective serial ports.
    >>> How do I effect this? Do I need software, preferably freeware? Is it a
    >>> complex and dangerous operation? I do not have backup software. Help
    >>> appreciated.
    >>> Thank you,
    >>> Seamus J. Wilson

    >>
    >>
    >> A crossover cable will be all you need.. less than ten bucks.
    >>

    >
    > And it will need to be connected to the net cards
    >
    > serial data transfer has long become obsolete
    >
     
    Seamus J. Wilson, Feb 22, 2009
    #3
  4. Seamus J. Wilson

    Mike Easter Guest

    Seamus J. Wilson wrote:
    > Thank you for the kind answers. I know the serial port scheme is slow
    > but I do have the cable as well as time. In no big hurry. Need to do
    > it once. Do I need software?


    It comes with your OS
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/getstarted/bott_fstw.mspx
    or http://snipr.com/ce2x8 Moving Files and Settings to a New PC - The
    Files and Settings Transfer Wizard allows you to move data files and
    settings between two computers.

    Then later, you can read this over --
    http://www.anta.net/misc/nnq/nquote.shtml Q1: What is "quoting" in
    newsgroup postings? -- Q2: How should I use the quoted text and arrange
    it with my own text?


    --
    Mike Easter
     
    Mike Easter, Feb 22, 2009
    #4
  5. Seamus J. Wilson

    Buffalo Guest

    Seamus J. Wilson wrote:
    > I have an old XP home computer and was recently gifted with a better
    > computer with the same OS. Would like to move data from the old to
    > the new using a cable between their respective serial ports.
    > How do I effect this? Do I need software, preferably freeware? Is
    > it a complex and dangerous operation? I do not have backup software.
    > Help appreciated.
    > Thank you,
    > Seamus J. Wilson


    Besides the serial cable, if you are connected to the internet through a
    router, you can easily connect both computers to it and transfer files back
    and forth fairly quickly.
    Another option is to take the HDD out of one computer and put it in the
    other and do a really fast transfer.
    You 'might' have to change the jumpers on the drive you removed to 'Slave'
    first.
    PS: Don't forget to put the jumpers back to Master when you put it back into
    the original computer.
    Buffalo
     
    Buffalo, Feb 22, 2009
    #5
  6. Seamus J. Wilson

    Rolf Guest

    Seamus J. Wilson wrote:
    > Thank you for the kind answers. I know the serial port scheme is
    > slow but I do have the cable as well as time. In no big hurry. Need
    > to do it once. Do I need software?
    > Thank you
    > Seamus J.


    There used to be software runnning under DOS (or the command prompt utility
    in windows), one was 'FASTLYNX', but there were others, I can't remember
    their names right now. The later versions had support for long file names,
    the older versions were limited to the orginal, DOS 8+3 character mode.

    They were quite nice, you could select two devices (hd, floppy) in separate
    windows side by side so you could select folders, mark which files to copy,
    delete files et cetera. Maybe a Google search might find you more info. Good
    luck.
     
    Rolf, Feb 22, 2009
    #6
  7. Seamus J. Wilson

    PeeCee Guest

    "Seamus J. Wilson" <> wrote in message
    news:Nw0ol.14734$...
    >I have an old XP home computer and was recently gifted with a better
    >computer with the same OS. Would like to move data from the old to the new
    >using a cable between their respective serial ports.
    > How do I effect this? Do I need software, preferably freeware? Is it a
    > complex and dangerous operation? I do not have backup software. Help
    > appreciated.
    > Thank you,
    > Seamus J. Wilson



    Seamus

    Serial is too slow and frustrating to be of much use with XP
    Best go buy a USB storage device, drag a copy to it for transfer, then use
    the USB storage device for backups afterwards.

    Usual data to backup is:
    1 Addressbook & Emails in OE
    2 Outlook.pst in Outlook
    3 My Documents
    4 Favourites
    5 Desktop
    6 Any specialised programs eg accountancy programs that write their data to
    c: drive.

    Best
    Paul
     
    PeeCee, Feb 22, 2009
    #7
    1. Advertising

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. SS
    Replies:
    3
    Views:
    789
  2. opencafe networks
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    648
    opencafe networks
    Apr 28, 2004
  3. SS
    Replies:
    30
    Views:
    970
    Chadwick Stone©
    Apr 16, 2006
  4. linkswanted

    Moving to California Moving to L.A

    linkswanted, Jan 5, 2008, in forum: Digital Photography
    Replies:
    3
    Views:
    414
    Spamm Trappe
    Jan 5, 2008
  5. Seamus J. Wilson

    Moving data between two adjacent PC

    Seamus J. Wilson, Aug 4, 2009, in forum: Computer Support
    Replies:
    12
    Views:
    570
    Caulfield Man
    Aug 6, 2009
Loading...

Share This Page