transferring files from old to new PC

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by ECLiPSE 2002, Nov 5, 2007.

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    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    My elderly brother-in-law has a Win98 pc and wants to transfer his My
    Documents, his spred sheets and other data files to his newly acquired
    Win XP. He is 800 miles from me and asked if I could help.

    I find myself in a position where I need help in suggesting
    elementary, user friendly ways to accomplish this for a person
    at the novice level.

    Can some kind soul suggest easy ways to do this at minimal

    ECLiPSE 2002, Nov 5, 2007
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  2. He could network the two computers, but that's probably not the best
    idea for a relative novice. Or he could use a flash drive if the older
    computer has USB ports. Or he could take the old computer's hard drive
    out and temporarily hook it up to the newer computer to do the transfer.
    Or he could burn a CD or three on the old one and then feed the files to
    the newer computer. Or he could use a shitload of floppy disks. He could
    upload to an internet server and then download from the newer PC. He
    could ... (starting to run low on ideas)
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, Nov 5, 2007
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    richard Guest

    Remove the old hard drive and install it into a USB enclosure. Now he can
    just tap into the files as needed. Sell the old case. I did that with my
    old ME hard drive. Still got it and use it as backup.

    For a network, he'll need a "crossover" patch cord. Might be a little scary
    setting up the first network, but once setup, transferring files is a snap.
    Done it that way with two laptops. Works great.
    richard, Nov 6, 2007
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    who'sthat Guest

    Can he burn CDs? Can he email them in pieces?
    who'sthat, Nov 6, 2007
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    chuckcar Guest

    How big are all the files together? if less than 10 meg floppies could
    do it with multiple volume archives using winzip (or in dos pkzip). If
    we're talking about 10-600 meg you could use a zip drive. Slow, but
    *very* reliable. More than that, I would be a) wondering how he managed
    to create so many actual documents and b) going to cdroms.
    chuckcar, Nov 6, 2007
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    bojimbo26 Guest

    Download Xplorer2Lite to new machine , ( free prog ) , hookup old
    drive to new machine and drag and drop files required between drives .
    bojimbo26, Nov 6, 2007
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    rjdriver Guest

    As long as the 98 system has a USB port, a USB thumb drive (flash drive
    as first reply said) would be the easiest for a novice. He just plugs it
    in, the system recognizes it as a new drive, gives it a letter, and he can
    drag and drop (or copy and paste) the files with ease. A 2GB drive can be
    had for around $30 -$40. 1GB even cheaper. Make sure it comes with a
    driver disc for Windows 98, as that OS won't recognize a USB drive without

    rjdriver, Nov 6, 2007
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    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    Thanks to the responders for input and suggestions.

    ECLiPSE 2002, Nov 6, 2007
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