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Copying files from old computer to new computer

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Scoper50, Jan 14, 2012.

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  1. Scoper50

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    My parents bought a new computer today. My mom called me up today and asked me if I could help her transfer some stuff from the old computer to the new computer. I'm not computer illiterate, but compared to you guys, I'm an idiot. I do not have a flash drive or an external hard drive, or jump drive.etc.... So I was hoping I could just connect the two computers with an ethernet cable, and create a network. Is this possible, or do you need additional equipment. I do not have a router, so if I create a network it has to be done with wires.

    So is it possible to create a network with nothing but an ethernet cable? Or is there another way I can get my moms i tunes trasferred over?
     
  2. dohnutman

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    Connecting two computers directly via an ethernet cable won't work, you would need a crossover cable. However, it can be done over a network, you just need to set up share permissions on the drive you wish to extract the files from. For that we would need to know your system info / specs.

    Click here on how to share via network on xp

    Another option, is to simply move the drive from the old comp and plug it into the new one, assuming it has the right cable. Again, we would need to know your system info / specs.



    Another less elegant option, is to burn the data you want onto cd or dvd, and copying it, assuming of course you have a burner.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    You could easily create a network by plugging both into your router. There is no need for internet access.
     
  4. vic2pc

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    Perhaps, but that can cause booting problems of its own. An alternative to this idea is to move the drive into the new PC but as a data drive only, and not as a boot drive. Then all the files will be available immediately, with no networking involved.
     
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    A regular (patch, straight) ethernet cable is fine for networking two computers if either has an auto-sensing (MDI/MDIX) port. All gigabit ethernet is auto-sensing, and pretty much every new computer in the last three years or so has an auto-sensing port.
     
  6. james1052

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    Use a regular network cable on each computer, directly wired to your home router. Then use FAST to transfer the files over the network. Make sure each computer has the same version of migwiz. (Let me know if I can help with that.)
     
  7. Scoper50

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    Thanks for all the help guys. Just to streamline things I ended up getting an external hard drive. Thought it would cause less aggravation
     
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    You said you've bought an external drive, but that doesn't explain how you got the files from the old drive to the new one. What did you do?
     
  10. dlsayremn

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    Probably did this.
    Plugged the external drive into the old computer and copied the files.
    Then plugged the external drive into the new computer and copied the files from the old computer.
     
  11. james1052

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    lol again
     
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