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charter
03-08-2006, 04:59 PM
I have just bought a new computer and wish to transfer all the files and applications from the old computer.

Unfortunately there is something wrong with the CD writer in the old computer and was now able to back up everything onto CD.

I was going to buy a USB Data Transfer Cable but have also be told that a USB2 network cable would be better. (None of the computers has a network card).

Also i have the following difficulty as I wish to transfer some of the software as a couple of my CDs have been damaged and will not play in either computer.

Can anyone recommend which cable I should buy and how I do the data transfer?

All help much appreciated.

SpirtOfGrandeur
03-08-2006, 06:17 PM
15$ x 2 network cards = 30$'s

And now you have network access!

hyperbole
03-08-2006, 07:06 PM
You could just take the hard-drive out of the old machine and put it in the new machine and do a disk to disk copy between the two hard drives.



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Melon00
03-08-2006, 07:12 PM
Do what hyper said, except you will need to make sure that the computer boots from your new hard drive first, since your old HD is likely to have an OS on it.

charter
03-08-2006, 09:34 PM
Thanks but this does not really help for 2 reasons.

I'm not a computer techie and also I wish to give my old computer to a charity that are in need of old unwanted computers.

oracleguy
03-08-2006, 10:25 PM
Also i have the following difficulty as I wish to transfer some of the software as a couple of my CDs have been damaged and will not play in either computer.

The software you were refering to, you most likely won't be able to just copy the program data from the old computer to the new one. Most programs need to be installed and if you just copy the folder it is installed to, it won't work.

Melon00
03-08-2006, 10:27 PM
You can still keep the hard drive in the old computer, just switch it back when your done. Also, switching the HD over and changing the boot order is easier than you think. How are you connecting to the internet, dial-up modem?

However, there are a couple things you could do (if you dont have some kind of network adapters in both). You could transfer the files using a flash drive. You could get wireless USB cards and connect them wirelessly...or you could temporarely hook up the hard drive to the new computer. Hooking up the hard drive temporarily would be the cheapest by far (free). I am not sure what those wireless USB cards run, but you can pick up a good size flash drive for like $30. However, you could get two network cards for that price as well. It is really up to you, if you want help taking the HD in and out, give us a hollar.

Melon00
03-08-2006, 10:29 PM
Another note, Unless you can get a hold of those CD's or get an install program from the manufacturar, it would take some serious software engineering to get it manually reinstalled on the other computer (it can be done, but its tough).



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