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westone

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File Transfer - Help Wanted

It will be from the old computer running Windows XP to a new computer running Windows 7.

The old computer has files which I have accumulated over a number of years, it is a mixture of those used rarely, used frequently and junk.

The chances are some of the files will never be used again, but they just might be wanted at some future date. I am therefore reluctant to scrap anything. Neither do I want to put a lot of possibly unnecessary files on the new computer.

I need to be able to search the old hard drive and recover a file if it is wanted.

The old computer is about 9 years old and is slow and may not be worth upgrading.

I now have two computers and one monitor and I am not sure what would be the best route.

I have not used a Docking Station before but thought this could be a possibility, on Amazon I found:

DUAL 2.5"/3.5" IDE SATA HDD HARD DRIVE DOCK DOCKING STATION IDE SATA eSATA USB ALL IN 1
By DX-MALL

Any ideas would be a big help. Thanks.



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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3070 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 232048 MB, Free - 150174 MB; D: Total - 6404 MB, Free - 1505 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., Basswood
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled
 

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if its that important data - do you have it backed up onto at least one if not two other devices ?

I would simply buy a couple of external harddrives and copy the data - so you have at least two copied
maybe really important data on to DVDs as well
 

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I'd use my USB Bytecc adapter for temporary usage (and if the old HDD is IDE)
If the HDD is a SATA and I wanted to keep in connected ... I'd use my External Enclosure
And a New HDD to plug into the External Enclosure may not be a bad idea

A fresh install of XP on that old computer ... And it may not be as slow as you think ...
:D :D Especially if you change the C Drive :D :D
 

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Thanks for all the replies it is appreciated. I have been using computers for over 20 years but my technical knowledge is limited.

I have backed up everything to an external Seagate drive using Paragon software and more recently used, JustCloud. With JustCloud I took the easy route and just clicked on backup "Everything" rather than use the "Advanced" tab.

Some months later I found out that none of my emails were backed up. In fact only a very small part of the hard drive was backed up. To find out more I asked customer service and then went into the "Advanced" section.

For most people everything means everything. It will only be in an emergency they will find out what is available. This experience has made me suspicious of software backups.

Ideally I would like to use both methods, but mainly rely on a, "Docking Station". I have never used one and wondered what the snags are, if there are any. Would I be able to find a file as easily as I can at present?
 

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A "Docking Station" is just an External Hard Drive where you can plug in your own Hard Drive.
Similar to this External HDD Enclosure and a Hard Drive like This One
How easily you can find a backup file all depends on how you organize your Data Backups in the External.

In addition to backing up your Personal Data in an External Enclosure ..
You can also backup your entire operating system using Macrium
If you use Western Digital Hard Drives Acronis is free
A lot depends on how big your operating system is.
How many GB full is your C: partition (operating system) ????
 

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This is all I can find on the computer I will be using.

Dell Optiplex GX620 Desktop
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.0GHz Hyper Threading, Memory: 2048MB - Hard drive: 750 GB - Optical Storage: DVD-Rom Drive
Integrated Intel GMA950 video chipset(PCI-Express x16 slot available for Graphics upgrade) - Integrated Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller - Integrated sound card
I/O Ports: No PS/2 ports One (1) 9-pin Serial port One (1) Parallel port One (1) VGA video port RJ-45 Ethernet LAN Eight (8) USB ports (six rear, two front) Line in, line out audio (front & back)
OS preinstalled (including COA license sticker and genuine installation disk): Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Other preinstalled software: Adobe PDF Reader, Flash Player, Windows Live Essentials 2011, Microsoft Security Essentials, Open Office V3.x

What I would like to be able to do is:

1) Not lose any of the files on the old hard drive.

2) To be able to easily access a file on the old hard drive when I need it. A lot of it is probably junk but I am never sure what I will want, some of it will only be accessed perhaps once a year.

3) I don’t want to transfer all these files to the new computer unless I have to. I would rather they stayed on the old hard drive and were gradually deleted.

I really appreciate all the advice you are giving me because my technical knowledge is very limited, and I have made mistakes in the past.

Thanks to you all.
 
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