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How can I TRANSFER files from an old computer to a new one?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by helpseeker, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. helpseeker

    helpseeker Thread Starter

    Jan 12, 2004
    I got a new computer with Windows XP Pro to replace my old Win98SE one. I want to transfer many, but not all, files and folders from old to new.

    The new comp has 2 HDDs: one is primary and has everything on it; the other is there, is recognized, but has nothing on it.

    I connected hdd2 to the old comp as a second (slave) drive, thinking I would copy the files to this hdd and then put this drive back in the new comp and transfer from it to the main drive. It's recognized by the old comp on bootup and in Device Manager, but not by Windows Explorer.

    My guess is that the drive is formatted for XP and isn't compatible with 98. Is this correct? Any suggestions?

    As Plan B, I copied the files to my Buslink L30 external hdd, and then went to transfer to the XP comp, but it doesn't have the drivers for the Buslink, and couldn't get them online, so it doesn't work. The CD that came with the Buslink only has 98 and 2000 drivers, and the XP comp doesn't consider them usable. Any suggestions?

    I've heard of Laplink, but my understanding is that it moves everything, including the OS, which I certainly don't want to do. Is this correct? Or is Laplink the way to go? If it is, is there a freeware or shareware equivalent that will let me select which files to move?

    If I have to move these files by CD I'm gonna need another room, as well as a lot of time and money.

    All help will be appreciated. Thank you.
  2. bigbear


    Apr 27, 2004
    I find it odd that the external drive does not work as the drivers are generic to XP.
    Try rebooting with the drive connected and see if it is recognised.
    Another way is to network the two machines using a crossover cables, proving the old machine has a LAN card.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
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